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Online Medical Billing, Coding, and Administration Classes #online #medical #coding #and #billing #classes, #advocacy

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Online Medical Billing Courses

Online Medical Billing, Coding, and Administration Classes

Did you know that the rate of growth in the medical billing and coding industry is expected to increase at a faster rate than most other occupations? Skilled medical billers and skilled coding technicians are in high demand. Your online training in billing and coding can help you find work in a variety of medical settings whether a private medical office or healthcare facility, a hospital or clinic, or even a claims examiner for insurance companies. If you’re interested in learning a new career, or advance within your current career, or maybe learn new skills to start your own home business, taking courses in our online classrooms is a convenient way to start your education.

Universal Class courses are a perfect fit for today’s fast-paced and busy lifestyles. The classes require no special software or hardware. You can study on your own time without the hassle of commuting or arranging your work schedule and finding childcare.

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Introduction to Medical Coding

ICD-10: Medical Coding

Medical Billing and Coding Course Bundle

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Why Universal Class?

UniversalClass.com offers over 5,000 hours of online continuing education training! Here’s a few reasons why lifelong learners prefer Universal Class continuing education courses:

  • Accredited by IACET – Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Supportive Instructors !
  • Earn a Certificate of Course Completion documenting your CEUs and Contact Hours
  • Verify your CEUs and Contact Hours via unique certificate serial number on our service (great for employers)
  • Easy to use. Our online courses are the easiest and most fun courses available anywhere
  • Self paced. Go at your own pace. You do not need to be online at a specific date or time
  • Start right now. You can start the class right now by clicking on the button ‘Join this Course’
  • Extremely affordable. Pay one time for a course and you have 6 months to finish it. Or pay $189.00 for a yearly subscription and take any course you want . as many courses as you want (over 500 to choose from)
  • High quality courses. Since 1999, Universal Class has provided high quality continuing education training to over 600,000 satisfied students

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HIPAA Compliant Data Centers #data #center #hipaa #compliance


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HIPAA Compliant Data Centers

If your company is storing any sensitive patient information or health records, the data center that hosts your data also needs to be HIPAA compliant.

Online Tech’s HIPAA compliant hosting can provide the physical, environmental, network and infrastructure security you need to protect patient information and meet HIPAA compliance standards.

After completing a HIPAA audit against the latest OCR HIPAA Audit Protocol, Online Tech was found to be 100% compliant, meaning we guarantee our facilities operate and implement HIPAA compliant controls and security measures.

Find out more about our HIPAA compliant hosting solutions and how we can customize them to fit your needs:

Not sure how to get HIPAA Hosting at our HIPAA Compliant Data Centers. or have other questions? Contact us, or Chat with someone now.

HIPAA Compliant Physical Security
Online Tech’s physical security means only authorized personnel have limited access to clients’ private locked racks, suites and cages. Security administration is also required for each client with dual-identification control access to the data centers and colocation racks. We maintain environmental control with 24×7 monitoring, logged surveillance and multiple alarm systems to alert us to any disruptions.

HIPAA Compliant Network Security
Sensitive infrastructure, such as managed servers, cloud, power and network infrastructure are also protected by restricted access. Our redundant routers, switches and paired universal threat management devices meet HIPAA compliant requirements to protect sensitive information on our network. With a Virtual Private Firewall or Dedicated Firewall, our Intrusion Detection Service (IDS) can pinpoint any security breaches and notify us immediately for responsive action.

HIPAA Compliant Data Security
The HITECH Act requires private accessibility whenever you or your patients request it. As your managed data center operator, Online Tech never accesses your sensitive data; we only provide a secure infrastructure and high availability hosting with HIPAA-audited facilities.

High Availability Infrastructure
To ensure uninterrupted availability of protected health information, our fully redundant networks and power are built for automatic failover, guaranteeing your critical data and applications are always accessible. Our Michigan data centers are interconnected by Gigabit fiber and located 53 miles apart with multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs), providing an ideal infrastructure for data backup and disaster recovery plans, meaning your data will be recoverable even in the event of a disaster.

HIPAA Trained Staff
Every employee at Online Tech is trained to understand and follow HIPAA compliance standards and the importance of protecting sensitive information. We consider ourselves the guardian of your IT infrastructure, but understand the explicit boundaries of that responsibility to maintain privacy and security.

HIPAA Compliant Services
Neither HIPAA nor HITECH call for specific technical measures to assure data is available, accurate and secure. However, we recommend many of the same procedures and technologies we deploy for ourselves and for which we have had a HIPAA audit to clients who are going to be audited/required to pass a HIPAA audit. This includes:

  • Private Firewall services (either a Virtual or Dedicated Firewall) with VPN for remote access
  • Managed Cloud Server (good for the availability issue)
  • Production: Separate database and web servers
  • Separate test server (can use one for web and DB but not same as production)
  • Offsite Backup at a minimum, IT Disaster Recovery is better
  • SSL certificates and HTTPS for all web-based access to PHI
  • Setup private IP addresses

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HIPAA Compliance Program Template

SIMBUS Brand HIPAA Compliance Program is nothing like you’ve ever seen.

Finally your company, association, law firm or anyone looking to deliver cloud based HIPAA compliance policies and procedures will now have a delivery system for HIPAA Compliance that is branded to your own identity. You will receive access to a brandable dashboard with administrative privileges where you can add your logo and colored header and use, (if you prefer) our set of policies, procedures, forms and tasks that can be managed by you to offer to your client base.

Have your own set of policies, procedures and forms? Not a problem, we give you access to our powerful backend where you can install your own set of P/P/F and offer them to your clients. Our HIPAA Compliance Program is perfect for firms who conduct onsite risk assessments then need an inexpensive system for their clients to maintain compliance once the assessment is completed.

We can build your own private checkout page and private shopping cart where you can send clients for secure checkout. We manage memberships, payments, cancellations, billing, all policies, procedures and forms and give you admin access to view your clients, add new clients, send notifications, use internal email and fully manage your account. Build a solid residual income and create value to your existing business.

This is a license relationship and we charge a monthly fee per user.

In addition to the setup and monthly fee, we are licensing the platform to you for a monthly fee per user and in return we will supply the software, create a branded to your organization landing page and checkout page, manage the members, handle all accounting and cancellations, send monthly reports, update and backup the software, respond to trouble tickets and manage the forum.

What you are free to do is simply drive traffic to your landing page where clients can purchase your program and enjoy the use of our software under your identity. We’ll even help you market if you need us to. The product is perfect for groups, associations, insurance companies, law firms, developers of HIPAA Compliance policies and procedures who need a delivery engine and anyone who would like to maintain their brand and offer value add to their existing clientele.

If this program doesn’t suit your needs you might consider becoming an affiliate with us instead. It’s easy and all you do is send clients to us with a code and we send you checks. Click to read about our affiliate program.

We have 2 options for branded solutions. Click to See

This HIPAA Compliance Program is ideal for:

Law Firms, Large Groups, Associations, Non-Profits, Insurance Companies, Health Care Agencies or anyone who has a large database of prospects who need to be HIPAA Compliant.

Your clients can go through their compliance project and edit, review and attest to the policies and procedures in the program to get compliant. By devoting a few hours a week, your clients can quickly get compliant, stay compliant, and prove compliance with the help of our powerful software.

Once compliance is achieved your clients begin maintenance and may periodically receive tasks that need to be completed in order to maintain compliance. In addition they may receive updates and revisions to their policies, procedures, and forms as standards change and evolve. Each client attests to their own organization’s compliance with monthly attestations. Their compliance level is displayed through our Compliance Gauge which is displayed on their dashboard.

See our HIPAA Compliance Program Template

Features of SIMBUS Brand Include:

  • Private branded dashboard with full administrative privileges
  • All Policies, Procedures, Forms and Tasks (Omnibus updated) installed*
  • All Policies, Procedures, Tasks and Forms can be edited
  • All Policies, procedures, tasks and forms can be printed as Word, PDF
  • Ability to add employees and set account privileges and send tasks
  • Ability to load all compliance documentation in one central, secure location
  • Compliance Gauge to show visual representation of progress
  • Full attestation feature to keep track of project dates for audits
  • Breach section to note breaches and store remediation records
  • Audit section to note audits and upload important docs relating to audit
  • All Forms can be downloaded, edited, and uploaded
  • Frequently used forms may be downloaded to the desktop for distribution
  • Ability to frame 3 rd party websites and view within the dashboard
  • Can provide regulators and auditors read only access to compliance documentation
  • Fully mobile responsive which looks great on tablets or smart phones
  • Ability to brand dashboards with color scheme, logo and content
  • Help videos and documents available through dashboard
  • Internal accounting access to view status and make changes
  • Calendar feature to add important dates and milestones
  • Full Account Support via Tickets, Forum, Internal Mail System
  • Private shopping cart and secure checkout pages

* Brand Custom comes without P/P/F/T so you can install your own.


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Hipaa compliance email #hipaa #compliance #email


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Health care providers and health insurance companies are generally aware that when protected health information (“PHI”) is disclosed to a vendor, such as an attorney, consultant or cloud data storage firm, a business associate agreement is necessary to comply with HIPAA and to safeguard the information disclosed. However, not all vendors will be business associates, even when such vendors may have potential access to PHI, and health care providers and insurers often struggle with how to manage risks to PHI in these relationships. The following FAQs address these issues and my solutions for managing and mitigating risk in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Who are non-business associate vendors? Generally, a

Everyone knows that you call a plumber for a leaking pipe, a mason for a cracked stonewall, and an electrician to fix faulty wiring. However, when faced with an actual or suspected HIPAA data breach, many folks struggle with determining whom to call. Failure to have contacts lined up ahead of time may pose more than an inconvenience–any delay in bringing in experienced advisors to assist with breach investigation, response and mitigation may result in significant financial and legal consequences. HIPAA covered entities and business associates should have a written breach response policy and protocol. The policy and protocol should provide clear guidance to the covered entity’s or business associate’s

I am asked that question almost weekly. While the answer has traditionally been “no,” the legal landscape is shifting and the risk of being sued continues to increase. Let’s first start with some background. As some of you may know, HIPAA does not include a “private right of action.” This means that an individual may not file a claim against a covered entity or a business associate in order to enforce HIPAA or seek damages in response to a HIPAA violation. For example, a patient is not able to sue a dentist if the dentist fails to distribute a Notice of Privacy Practices or enter into a business associate agreement .

A party’s responsibilities under HIPAA generally come from two sources the law itself and the business associate agreement entered into between the covered entity (the health care provider or health plan) and the business associate (its vendor). While all parts of a business associate agreement are important, there are certain terms that are most likely to affect the parties’ liability and obligations. One of these key terms is. and it is often the section of the business associate agreement that lawyers most often fight over. Folks often wonder why lawyers tend to focus so much on this section, and the short answer is that when things go wrong such

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability of Act demands that all HIPAA covered businesses prevent unauthorized access to “Protected Health Information” or PHI. PHI includes patients’ names, addresses, and all information pertaining to the patients’ health and payment records. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, HIPAA Rules apply to covered entities and business associates. Complete compliance with HIPAA guidelines requires implementation of basic and advanced security measures. Basic security includes benchmark-based password creation and use, personnel education and training, limited access to PHI, data encryption, use of firewalls, antivirus software, and digital signatures. With increasing adoption of electronic medical records and cloud-based software-as-service (SaaS), advanced security measures are

Who is ultimately responsible for enforcement of HIPAA and what types of penalties are levied when a covered entity or business associate is found to be non-compliant with the regulations? Many healthcare offices and their staff don’t know the answer to this question; they have only a vague notion about the enforcement and the consequences of not adhering to the law. The real HIPAA enforcement agency is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Complaints are filed with the OCR, and they are responsible for administering, investigating and enforcing the HIPAA privacy standards. The Centers for Medicare Medicaid (CMS) enforce the code

The health insurance portability and accountability act has set various guidelines, which should be adhered to by anyone who handles any electronic medical data. These guidelines stipulate that all medical practices must ensure that all necessary measures are in place while saving, accessing and sharing any electronic medical data to keep patient data secure. Lack of compliance to the HIPAA security standards could lead to large fines and in extreme cases even loss of medical licenses. Several steps can be followed by medical practices to ensure compliance to HIPAA standards. These steps include: Run a complete risk assessment of the medical practice Some medical practices adopted electronic health recording

Since the inception of HIPAA in 1996, its broad implications have affected all areas of health care including dentistry. And, if asked, most dentists and their staff would say they know what the HIPAA regulations are, and yes, they have been trained, but are they really up to date with HIPAA’s ever expanding changes and compliance requirements? Are they trained in the areas of HIPAA Security, Privacy, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules and do they know that they must be in compliance with the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule by September 23, 2013? Compared to the ever-growing size of medical practices today, most dental offices are still rather small with

June 7, 2013. Today, HHS published in the Federal Register Technical Corrections to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules that were published on January 25, 2013, as the Final Rule: Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act [HITECH Act] and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications of the HIPAA Rules. According to the Summary in today s Corrections Final Rule: These technical corrections address certain inadvertent errors and omissions in the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules that are located at 45 CFR parts 160 and 164. The effective date of the Corrections Final

March 26, 2013. Today is the first big milestone since the January 25, 2013, publication in the Federal Register of the Final Rule: Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act [HITECH Act] and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications of the HIPAA Rules. Today is the effective date of the Final Rule, and covered entities and business associates must comply by September 23, 2013. Significant rules (defined by Executive Order 12866) and major rules (defined by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act) are required to have a 60 day delayed effective date, which

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