How well do you trust your compliance efforts?

 

By Aris Medical Solutions

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HIPAA encompasses many aspects. Risk assessments, risk management, and your policies, procedures, documentation are the backbone of compliance.

Most medical providers don’t think about compliance until they are audited. By that time it is too late to mitigate any issues that you may have. The main misconception is that “it will never happen to me”.

A random audit is possible but relatively a low probability. A compliance audit is typically initiated by a disgruntled employee, a patient that feels their privacy has been violated, or a data breach. Once the HIPAA violation is reported then the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will determine if the complaint will need to be investigated. If it does, depending on the documentation that you provide, will determine whether or not a desk audit will be issued. This is where your policies and procedures are critical. If your employees understand what they need to do, how to do, and what needs to be documented, your chances of a desk audit is greatly reduced. The OCR understands that people make mistakes, but if you don’t learn from them, they will fine you heavily!

Note to self… if you recognize a problem, address it, correct it, and learn from it.

You can survive a audit with proper documentation!

For more information on how Aris Medical Solutions can help your organization with HIPAA Compliance and Protecting your Data click here call 877.659.2467.

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About Suze Shaffer

Suze Shaffer is the owner and president of Aris Medical Solutions. She specializes in HIPAA compliance, risk management, and cyber security. She believes that by educating her clients in understanding why and what needs to be done to protect their practice they have a better outcome.

Suze has been instrumental in helping clients nationwide with risk management, implementing privacy and security rule policies and procedures, and ultimately protecting patient data. She includes state and federal regulatory requirements to ensure clients are protected in all areas.

She has spoken at numerous conferences and functions. She continues to educate organizations how to minimize the risks of data breaches. HIPAA compliance is not an option, it is mandatory for every organization that comes in contact with protected health information to have reasonable and appropriate security measures in place. Unfortunately, most organizations don’t realize they are not compliant until they suffer a data breach or they are faced with an audit or investigation.

Did you know that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the agency that investigates data breaches? Have you seen the heavy fines that have been imposed for non-compliance?

All 50 states now have their own set of privacy laws and the State's Attorney General may also investigate privacy violations!

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