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HIPPA Assessments Can Save Your Practice

Nothing makes Healthcare Providers cringe more than someone blurting the acronym HIPPA. What is HIPPA and why should I care, after all I am a doctor for heaven’s sake! While that statement is often tossed around in casual conversations among peers, the underlying majority sentiment among the medical community is that it scares all healthcare principals to the bone. The cost of a single HIPPA violation can literally put a small healthcare practice out of business.

Among one of the most significant changes in recent years is the “downstream contractors” provision that requires contractors that deal with Patient Healthcare Information (PHI) on behalf of healthcare practices have a Business Associates agreement on file. This agreement in essence requires the contracting firm to have the same level of compliance of the healthcare practices that they provide services to. Furthermore, the law requires that it is the responsibility of the healthcare entity to ensure that the downstream contractors are in compliance with the law.

What does that mean to the practice and what can be done?
• Perform an initial assessment and remediate any exposure
• Develop compliance plans
• Adopt policies for all employees
• Facilitate employee training
• Perform quarterly risk assessments

A well-defined, well documented privacy and security policy is the first step towards minimizing legal exposure to potential violations of federal law related to the handling of PHI.

CEO offers Free HIPAA assessments.  Call us at 818-501-2281 to set up an appointment.