It’s not just HIPAA, think about the FTC!

By Aris Medical Solutions

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All of you know and follow the HIPAA regulations, but you also need to make sure you follow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines as well. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an article explaining about the requirements.
HIPAA involves the Privacy of an individual and FTC Act prohibits companies from engaging in deceptive or unfair acts or practices in or affecting commerce. Keep in mind if you use a third party, you also need a business associate agreement in place. Anytime you share patient information outside of treatment, payment, or healthcare operations (TPO), you must have a written authorization from the patient. Organizations can not mislead patients about what is happening with their health information. The manner in which you share their information must be clear, concise, and written in plain language so they understand.

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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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