After much ado about HIPAA, most practices are now on auto-pilot when it comes to patient privacy and security. Unfortunately, complacency can spell disaster in today’s regulatory environment. President Obama’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act strengthened HIPAA’s requirements for Covered Entities (most providers) and Business Associates (those who utilize Protected Health Information to perform a service for the provider).
Compliance with HIPAA and HITECH go beyond a Notice of Privacy Practices and confidential sign-in system. The sanctions for non compliance and/or breaches in privacy and security have gone from mere “slaps on the wrist” to stiff monetary fines and criminal penalties.
Coleman Consulting Group can conduct an assessment to see how well your office is protecting patient privacy and security, and recommend or implement the needed changes to keep you in compliance with this important set of regulations. You’ll probably be surprised at what we find.