Postage savings, part one: presorting.

Regardless of what happens with future postal rate rulings, you want to pay as little as possible in postage. Choosing a mailing service that is fully integrated with the USPS can result in streamlined processes and savings. This can mean up to $0.099 less in postage for a one-ounce letter-size envelope.

Another way to save is to eliminate wasted postage on returned mail by scrubbing your database with software such as state-of-the-art, OpteSort mail manager software by NPI.

Additionally, today’s multi-line optical character readers (MLOCRs) automatically barcode and sort both letter-size and flat-size envelopes. By using e-forward technology, the MLOCR reads the delivery address as the mail is processed at speeds of up to 40,000 pieces per hour. If it detects that a change of address has been submitted through the USPS, the MLOCR applies the new address directly above the intelligent mail barcode, resulting in delivery to the new address without delay.

Bacompt employs all of these strategies and more.

We make sure your mail is entered into the postal stream within 24 hours. And our sorters are networked together, combining the mail from each sorter into one mailing to achieve greater saturation levels that further increase postage savings.

Give us a call to discuss how we can save you a big chunk of change on postage.

The future of postage rates.

The USPS recently announced at their Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meetings that it will not file for a postage rate increase for 2016 on market-dominant products. The main reason is that the annual consumer price index (which is currently low) dictates postage increases under the Postal Reform Act.

And it only gets better. We could actually see a postage decrease soon when the 4.3 percent exigency rate increase of 2013 reaches $1.91 billion — what the USPS was allowed to recoup through an earlier DC Court of Appeals ruling meant to offset losses the USPS suffered during the recession.


Study on data breach preparedness.

A recent report is available online titled “Is Your Company Ready for a Big Data Breach? The Second Annual Study on Data Breach Preparedness.” The report was conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Experian® Data Breach Resolution.

Some of the more interesting findings include:

• Data breaches are increasing in frequency. In 2013, the study showed 33 percent of respondents had a data breach involving loss or theft of more than 1000 records containing sensitive information. In 2014, that number rose to 43 percent.

• 68 percent of respondents do not agree that their organizations understand what needs to be done following a material data breach to prevent negative public opinion, blog posts, and media reports.

• 67 percent of respondents do not agree that their organizations understand what needs to be done following a material data breach to prevent the loss of customers’ and business partners’ trust and confidence.

• 62 percent of respondents do not agree that that their organizations are prepared to respond to a data breach involving business confidential information and intellectual property.

• 49 percent of respondents do not agree that their organizations are prepared to respond to the theft of sensitive and confidential information that requires notification to victims and regulators.

You can read the full report here.

Annual Report to Congress on Breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information

By Christine Zoccola, guest columnist and attorney with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Indianapolis, IN

Each year, the Secretary of Health and Human Services submits to Congress an annual report containing the number and nature of breaches of unsecured protected health information reported to the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), and the actions taken in response to those breaches (“Report”). The Report is submitted to the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The most recent Report provides information for the breaches reported to the OCR that occurred in calendar years 2011 and 2012, as well as provides some cumulative data on breaches reported since September 23, 2009.

The Report addresses large breaches and smaller breaches separately. Large breaches involve 500 or more individuals and notification to the OCR of a large breach must occur contemporaneously with the notice to the affected individuals. For 2011, the OCR received 236 reports of large breaches which affected approximately 11,415,185 individuals. For large breaches occurring in 2012, the OCR received 222 reports, which affected approximately 3,273,735 individuals. Cumulatively, from September 23, 2009, through December 31, 2012, the OCR received 710 reports of large breaches affecting a total of approximately 22.5 million individuals.

Of the 236 large breaches in 2011, OCR received 150 reports of breaches occurring at health care providers, 23 at health plans, and 63 at business associates. Theft and loss of protected health information were the most common causes of large breaches occurring in 2011. Of the 222 breaches in 2012, there were 150 reports of breaches occurring at health care providers, 55 at health plans, 16 at business associates, and 1 report of a breach at a healthcare clearinghouse. In 2012, theft and hacking/IT incidents were the top causes of large breaches.

Breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting less than 500 individuals are to be reported to the OCR no later than 60 days after the end of the calendar year in which the breaches are discovered. For 2011, the OCR received approximately 25,705 reports of smaller breaches affecting approximately 151,605 individuals. For 2012, the OCR received approximately 21,194 reports of smaller breaches affecting approximately 165,135 individuals. Several of the reports for 2011 and 2012 involved misdirected communication where for example, clinical or claims records of one individual was mistakenly mailed or faxed to another individual or where test results were sent to the wrong individual.

For more information, the Report can be found here.

Reprinted with permission from Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana.
© 2014 Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

For more information about the topics presented, contact your attorney or the author of this article.  The information in this article should not be construed as legal advice and does not constitute an attorney/client relationship. Remember, laws vary state-to-state, so consult with a local attorney on state specific issues.

Bacompt launches high-security documents website.

In an effort to bring our customers thorough information on high-security document processing, Bacompt has recently launched a brand new website specifically geared toward that content.

High-Security Document Processing describes our services and security protocols, such as physical and data security, certifications, state-of-the-art mailing capabilities, transpromotional marketing, and more. Bacompt serves clients in diverse industries including finance, government, collections, and healthcare.

We hope you find it informative.

Introducing the Report.

Bacompt is one of the country’s leading providers of data processing, printing, and mailing of information-sensitive documents. The Report will provide you with the latest information on security standards, industry trends, and technology-driven safeguards written by our own experts and guest columnists.