Dental Breach Notification Deadline for 2024

If you’ve experienced any breaches or incidents in 2023, the OCR must be notified before February 29th, 2024.

How To Comply with the Dental Breach Notification Deadline for 2024

Each year, entities regulated under HIPAA must report breaches affecting less than 500 individuals to the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) within sixty days following the end of each calendar year. This means that the Dental Breach Notification Deadline for 2024 to report to HHS these type of breaches occurring in 2023 is February 29th, 2024.

For these breaches, HIPAA requires that covered entities maintain a log or other documentation of breaches of unsecured protected health information. The covered entity can report all breaches affecting less than 500 individuals on the same date but must submit a separate notice for each breach incident to HHS. The covered entity may also report breaches affecting less than 500 individuals at the time they are discovered, as opposed to waiting for year-end. This obligation to report to HHS is in addition to a covered entity’s obligation to notify those individuals affected by a breach, which must be done no later than sixty days after the breach is discovered.

Submissions require detailed information concerning the covered entity involved, as well as each breach, including:

The date the breach occurred;

The date the breach was discovered;

The approximate number of individuals affected;

The type and location of the breach;

The type of protected health information involved;

A brief description of the breach; Safeguards in place prior to the breach;

Actions taken in response to the breach;

and Information about notices provided.

What’s A Dental & Medical HIPAA Privacy Officer? Why Your Office Needs One.

If you’re a small to mid-sized organization, we understand that you’re likely not hiring out a HIPAA Privacy Officer and that the role is probably given to someone who already has a full plate, like the office or practice manager. So, how can you divvy up the work of the HIPAA Privacy Officer so that it’s not a burden to one person? Let’s first talk about what tasks the HIPAA Officer(s) will be responsible for.

What’s A Dental & Medical HIPAA Privacy Officer? Why Your Office Needs One.

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