Over the past week, we've discussed some of the most common HIPAA violations you should look out for. In the first blog post of this series we talked about lost and stolen devices, hacking, dishonesty, and the improper disposal of documents.
Welcome back! If you missed the first installment of our Top 10 HIPAA Violations blog, you can read it here. Now, on to the last 5 HIPAA Violations…
Wouldn’t it be great if there weren’t hackers, lost devices were always returned intact, and employees followed the rules? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Everyday we are running into a growing list of HIPAA Violations, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about 10 of the most common violations.
Physicians engaging in compliance with standards established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act face uphill battles at their practices. Regulatory updates and technological advances shift faster than most facilities can evolve internal processes, leaving a wake of challenges to navigate with each transition.
It’s the 21st century, and we are all dependent on our electronic devices to help us with our everyday tasks… probably more so than we should be. Regardless, it’s important that you manage these devices properly. Today we’re going to run through a list of items you may not have thought about.
Whether the practice or the employee owns the device, these controls need to be applied to meet HIPAA requirements.
How to manage those pesky devices:
Last week we spoke about choosing a HIPAA Security Officer. This week we are writing about how to identify your Business Associates and what are your responsibilities as a Covered Entity.
This week we are talking about formulating your HIPAA Compliance Plan. First, why do you need a HIPAA Compliance Plan? This Plan will tell your employees, Business Associates and patients (and HHS, if they should come calling) how you secure Protected Health Information (PHI). Just as important is effectively communicating the plan to your staff.
In late 2014 NueMD released a study on HIPAA compliance in medical practices and billing companies. The survey indicated that 36% of medical practices weren’t aware there were updates to the HIPAA Law and only 38% were confident that their practice was actively implementing HIPAA compliance.
A recent survey of HIPAA compliance conducted by NueMD revealed a startling range of knowledge and compliance with HIPAA. Even though HIPAA has been around since 1996 and was updated to include the HITECH Act modifications in 2009, many medical practices revealed they were unaware of the full scope of HIPAA requirements, did not necessarily understand what they did know, or have not implemented full compliance programs.
We recently conducted a survey of medical practices and billing companies to gauge their knowledge of HIPAA’s privacy and security regulations, compliance measures, and communication methods.