HIPAA

RIOA Member Benefit: "HIPAA Compliant Communications for Your Optometry Practice" Webinar


Effectively communicating with your patients is becoming increasingly important to providing quality care.  With numerous phone calls and e-mails sent from a practice on a given day, the risk of accidently disclosing patient information is constantly growing.  

HIPAA regulation set specific standards for how to protect the transmission of sensitive health care data. The law identifies this data as protected health information (PHI). PHI includes any demographic information that can be used to identify a patient.  

There are specific rules about how to respond to patient requests involving the uses and disclosures of PHI. Understanding exactly how and when PHI may or may not be shared is essential to protecting your practice from liability in the event of a HIPAA violation.  

Take advantage of this RIOA member benefit where AOAExcel's HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, outlines the uses and disclosures of PHI and actionable methods for implementing HIPAA compliant communications within your practice.  

All attendees will receive a FREE HIPAA Compliant Fax Cover Sheet for download--register today!  

WHAT? "HIPAA Compliant Communications: How to speak to your patients without violating HIPAA" webinar

WHEN? Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 PM EST/11 AM PST


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Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As a member benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.   For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.

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Four Ways to Write a Better Career Center Post


If you're looking to hire an associate optometrist, or even a partner in your practice, you've likely considered posting an ad through an industry resource like the AOA's Optometry's Career Center.  But, how can you be sure that your posting stands out from the rest and attracts the caliber of talent that you seek? These four tips will ensure that your opportunity is a top choice for the most qualified candidates:

  1. Be specific in your headline - Instead of a generic headline like, "Seeking Associate Optometrist," write something specific like, "Seeking Associate Optometrist with Focus on Pediatrics, Full Benefits."
  2. Describe the role in detail within the post - Be sure to explain the culture of your practice, what your patient base is like, and the equipment utilized in your practice. It's important that an applicant has a clear view of what life will be like working for and with you.
  3. Clearly list all benefits, both expected and unexpected - All applicants will want to know what is offered in the way of retirement plans, health insurance, and paid time off. But, don't forget to include any unique benefits that you may offer. For example, does your practice pay for staff RIOA and AOA membership dues, or attendance to any CE events or conferences throughout the year?
  4. Sell the greater community as well as your practice -What makes your community a great place to live? If an applicant is considering relocating to take your position, what sort of local amenities can they enjoy in their free time?


Writing a winning career post is an important step to finding your dream hire, but equally important is deciding where to post it. Optometry's Career Center is the official career center of the AOA and uniquely caters to the optometric industry. RIOA members can save up to 50% on their postings, which comes with free access to a resume database. Opportunities begin here - maximize your search nationwide and get started today.

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Member Benefit: "Prioritizing Cyber-Security and HIPAA Compliance" Bootcamp


In today's digital age, addressing key cyber-security and compliance requirements is now more important than ever as compliance and security go hand-in-hand in protecting your practice. Creating an effective cyber-security and compliance program gives you the tools that you need to document your processes and assess any areas of vulnerability that could lead to potential security incidents and violations.

Take advantage of this RIOA member benefit where AOAExcel's HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, outlines actionable tips you can use to make your practice more secure, all while addressing your federally mandated HIPAA requirements:

                "One Hour Security and Compliance Bootcamp" webinar                 Tuesday, February 26 at 2pm EST                 

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Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As a RIOA benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed. For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance

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New Year, New Opportunities - Opportunities for ODs and Practices Looking for Top TalentOCC

With a new year brings new opportunities and one of the best times of the year to hire a doctor of optometry.  AOAExcel's Optometry's Career Center saves you time and gives your career posting maximum visibility with ODs.  Don't sift through piles and piles of unqualified candidates, Optometry's Career Center targets qualified candidates from across the country.    Benefits of posting your position with Optometry's Career Center (OCC) include:

*OCC is a niche job board, providing you access to the most qualified ODs in the industry *Access to OCC's resume database with candidates from all 50 states and all professional experience levels *Expand your reach utilizing the OCC's Career Spotlight Newsletter.  Deliver your postings directly to the inbox of thousands of passive seeking ODs who aren't actively searching job sites for positions but may be interested in yours. *Connect with young ODs from the upcoming graduating class of 2019 * AOA Members receive a discount of up to 50% on their postings *Postings start as low as $180 for a 45-Day Ad   To find your next qualified candidate, visit OptometrysCareerCenter.com

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RIOA Members: Download Your Complimentary HIPAA Compliance Checklist!

With HIPAA violations, fines, and data breaches making headlines day after day, the average patient is more educated about HIPAA compliance and data security than ever before. HIPAA compliance can strongly differentiate your practice by demonstrating to your patients that you take their data security and privacy seriously - all while fulfilling your federal requirements.

HIPAA compliance can be a challenge for new and established optometry practices alike. That's why AOAExcel's endorsed HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, has compiled a simple HIPAA Compliance Checklist for RIOA members.

How well have you addressed federal HIPAA requirements within your practice? Find out where you stand against the regulatory requirements with this exclusive HIPAA Checklist today!

Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As a RIOA benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.
For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.

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New RIOA Benefit: Save on items from cell phones to car rentals

RIOA members can receive double digit discounts through AOAExcel's new group purchasing program.  This new benefit can help RIOA members save with hundreds of vendors nationwide including:

·    Verizon: Members receive a 22% discount on their practice's corporate lines. Practice employees are also eligible for a 22% discount on their personal lines once they sign up and enroll in paperless billing; BioD: Save up to 40% on amniotic membrane tissue; Office Depot: Save up to 65% on office products, plus annual rebates; and 
Pitney Bowes: Receive a purchase discount up to 15% and an equipment lease discount of 25%

AOAExcel has partnered with Intalere, one of healthcare's largest group purchasing organizations, who aggregates purchase volume and uses the spending to negotiate discounts with vendors and suppliers ranging from medical supplies and office furniture to cleaning supplies and car rentals.

There is no cost to join the program, and there is no spending threshold.

Click here for more information about this new RIOA member benefit and to enroll your practice today. 

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Webinar: Cyber-Security Crash Course for ODs

The increasingly digital healthcare landscape is presenting new challenges for health care professionals across the industry. Understanding how to protect your practice has become an essential part of maintaining your hard-earned reputation.

It's essential for RIOA members to take cyber-security protection seriously. If you already have protections in place, continuing education is a fundamental part of protecting yourself against data breaches and HIPAA violations. With the innovation and implementation of EHR systems, it's important to recognize the risks storing this data has and how the intersection of cyber-security and HIPAA compliance can protect you.
Unsure where to begin? There are several different components to cyber-security that can help protect your practice and your health care data. Some of the most effective things you can start doing right now include:

  • Data encryption
  • Email encryption
  • Firewalls
  • Anti-malware
  • Security awareness training



Find out how to get started by joining AOAExcel's HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, for a special primetime webinar for RIOA members:


"Cyber-Security Crash Course for ODs" webinar

Tuesday, October 23rd at 8:00pm EST

Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As an RIOA benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.

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