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August 1, 2017





  • If you maintain and transmit patient health records electronically
  • If you issue prescriptions electronically

You are subject to HIPAA security regulations.

NYSDA developed a HIPAA Security Compliance course and accompanying NYSDA HIPAA Security Compliance Manual. These provide a practical guide for dentists and their office staff. Implementing the Manual in your practice can help you avoid fines of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars resulting from a government audit or breach of your patient data.

Violations of the HIPAA regulations can result in large fines and other sanctions against healthcare providers. Recently, the ADA News (4/21) reported that Metro Community Provider Network, a Denver-area federally qualified health center (FQHC), agreed to pay “$400,000 and implement a corrective action plan to resolve potential noncompliance with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced a $2.5 million settlement with CardioNet based on “the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI)”. The sanctions against CardioNet resulted from the theft of an employee’s laptop. OCR found that CardioNet had an insufficient risk analysis and risk management processes in place at the time of the theft.

The NYSDA course provides answers to frequently asked questions about the maintenance and transmission of protected patient information, including:

  • What does the law require?
  • What is a “risk analysis”?
  • Who should have access to the dental office’s Wi-Fi?
  • What is “encryption”? When is it required?
  • How can x-rays be transmitted via email?
  • How can a dental practice protect itself from a security breach?
  • What must a practice do if its computers are breached?
  • What are “Business Associate Agreements”? When are they required?
  • What is the risk from “ransomware”?

The course is designed to educate the entire dental office team. You are encouraged to bring your office staff.Dentist’stuition includes one copy of the NYSDA HIPAA Security Compliance Manual. Attendees will receive 3 MCE credit hours.



NYSDA member/office representative: $175

NYSDA member’s auxiliary staff, accompanied by dentist: $45 per person

Nonmember dentist/office representative: $275

Nonmembers’ auxiliary staff, accompanied by dentist: $75 per person


Contact Jacquie Donnelly at NYSDA for further information:; 800-255-2100.


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