HIPAA Compliance has brought more scrutiny to the healthcare practice than ever before and due to the recent upgrades in HIPAA privacy and security requirements, practices are reaching out for advisory services from HIPAA consultants. The overwhelming responsibility of monitoring and ensuring compliance has placed a great pressure on practice owners to find an expert to help them implement the proper tools for becoming and most importantly, staying complaint.
HIPAA Compliance Checklist
HIPAA compliance is a critical topic these days mainly due to the growth of healthcare data breaches over the past few years. Healthcare practices are actually becoming less secure, not more secure; and the trend has to change. To become compliant with HIPAA, dedicated efforts and understanding of policies and procedures are crucial. To begin with here are five things that every practice needs to be aware of:
- HIPAA is an enforced rule: Now is the time to roll up sleeves and have a serious look at HIPAA compliance for your practice. After all these years, HHS, the governing body for the HIPAA Rule, has started a monitoring programming as of early 2016. As it continues, HHS is committed to their self-auditing program with increased, rolling numbers on an annual basis.
- Risk assessment is unavoidable: One of the main mandates of HIPAA Compliance is to perform an annual risk assessment. While doing so, practices should be able to identify and assess their critical threats, overall risks and issues. Being aware of your risks is as important as being aware of who your patients are. In the world full of ever increasing cyber security attacks and threats, going without performing an annual risk assessment will only put your practice at risk for fines and penalties.
- Analyze what you are doing to protect PHI: Protected Health Information (PHI) must be secured at all times regardless of location or situations. Since every practice has a different work environment and technological infrastructure, implementing strict security controls to protect such data is vital… and it MUST be documented
- Evaluate the location where your PHI resides: You should know exactly where your patient data resides, how is it protected and in what format- this is important because you can’t protect what you don’t know you have.
- Rigorous monitoring: Becoming HIPAA compliant is the order of the day – no question about it. Just think long and hard on who to trust to drive your HIPAA initiatives to become and stay compliant. It all starts with continuous monitoring that involves taking initiatives to change and enhance procedures and systems related to internal controls. Implementing continuous monitoring requires the ability to constantly review and assess your systems on a regular basis.
HTI provides helpful tools to build and protect your patient records, and most importantly, to stay compliant. Call HTI’s HIPAA experts at 877 222 1508 to find out how to identify and address HIPAA concerns in your practice We offer industry standard HIPAA consulting services that match the current compliance mandates and can help practices score well in their HIPAA audits. We are also offering a limited number of FREE RISK ASSESSMENTS that cover HIPPA compliance questions, before they actually become a big risk. Talk to us today and schedule your FREE RISK ASSESSMENT!