A Note from Karrie Miles

Dear Members, I hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying the New Year. It is an honor to be writing to you as the incoming president. Our association has had a remarkable history and it is my hope that I will be able to continue to build on the foundation that has been […]

Is this the Beginning of a New Era in State Data Breach Notification Laws?

An Overview of the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA) On June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved FIPA. This comprehensive new data security law becomes effective July 1, 2014. The nature of the changes to Florida’s existing breach notification law are substantial, and FIPA places a heavy compliance burden on entities investigating […]

HIPAA Violations

Health and Human Services issued two announcements recently.  First, HHS announced the largest HIPAA penalty to date, $4.8 million against New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University.  The penalty was for a breach and the lack of the required plan.  The breach occurred because a Physician tried to deactivate a server on his own.  Neither […]

Physical Therapy Audit Question

Is mandatory with Medicare or the state to have a mental health professional to audit the physical therapy records? I know it is an audit that is done to make sure the needs of the mental health referrals to our center are being met. Can this audit be incorporated in the chart audits that are […]