As the Business of Medicine

Becomes more complex, PCMS is here for you!  How to protect your practice/office from Ransomware is below, along with access to free guidance for better results for rural practices. Need staffing help? PCMS provides online Jobs Board for members!  Want to mingle, or opportunities for leadership? See the Board of Directors meeting calendar for more! And remember that 100% Member practices receive 30 days FREE advertising on the PCMS website, now receiving over 1,400 hits per month!
 PCMS is here to help you succeed!


FREE WORKSHOP for Rural Practices
May 11
Details here:
‘Safety net’ practices have the opportunity to attend a practical workshop on how to effectively promote health and wellness among your patients, improve the health of your community and increase practice revenue and improve your quality scores


Did you know that the traffic to  is now averaging 1,400 hits per month?  AND that 55% of those hits land on the Find A Physician page?  
You are receiving referrals from this mobile-friendly site!
How do you know if you are at risk for ransomware?  Here's information from Chris Apgar, CEO of Apgar & Associates:
  • Have you conducted a risk analysis or assessment yet?  It's required by the HIPAA Security Rule (45 CFR § 164.308(a)(1)(ii)(A)) and it’s required if you're attesting to Meaningful Use.  If you are investigated by the OCR following a breach of PHI or if you're audited by the OCR, that's one of the first documents that will be requested.  There have been a number of headlines over the past few years where covered entities have been fined because they have not completed a risk analysis or assessment.  In addition, it’s just plain sound security practice.  Here's a link to an online tool that you can use to conduct your own risk analysis or assessment:
  • Have you implemented a bring your own device (BYOD) program?  If you have, what are you doing to secure those personally owned devices?  Those mobile devices that are personally owned and are used for company business are considered workstations when it comes to the HIPAA Security Rule (45 CFR § 164.310(b) & (c)).  The rule requires you take steps to secure workstations and make sure they are not used in places where they shouldn’t be (such as looking at the EHR in the local coffee shop).  Mobile devices need to be encrypted if they will be used to store patient information, even if the PHI is included in an email that can be stored on the mobile device.  It’s important to make sure you can remotely wipe your clinic data off lost and stolen mobile devices and that staff understand their responsibilities when it comes to securing mobile devices.  Here’s a link to more information about how you can secure clinic and personally owned mobile devices:
  • How are you protecting you, the clinic and patients when it comes to phishing and cybercrime?  This falls into the category of protecting your network which is a HIPAA Security Rule requirement (45 CFR § 164.308(a)(ii)(B) & (D)).  Phishing or clicking on a malicious link sent from a cybercriminal can get very expensive very quickly, leading to breaches of patient information, harm to your reputation and litigation.  Here’s a link to a recent blog about what health care practitioners can do to protect their organizations and their patients:
Can you volunteer to speak? Please call the office at 758-8833 or email here
Your 2016 Executive Board
V. Jonnalagadda, MD, FAPA; C Gauland, DPM
C. Ballenger, MD; N. Hamilton, MD
ALL Members are enrolled in DocbookMD, the best HIPAA-compliant messaging App for images and text!  To take advantage of this service for your smart device(s), for you with your peers or you with your team, download the App!  Here's the web link:
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