The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has come a long way since its inception. Over time, HIPAA laws and regulations have become more complex with the addition of the HIPAA Security Rule, the HIPAA Enforcement Rule, the Breach Notification Rule, the HITECH Act, and most recently, the final regulation implementing the HITECH Act’s HIPAA modifications.
The complexities of patient privacy have increased with electronic medical records, an increased use of mobile devices, and social media. With the increased regulations and changes, it is important to properly incorporate HIPAA into your operations. Not only do you want to avoid any fines and penalties, but you also want to provide the patient the comfort in knowing that their information is protected. Services related to HIPAA include:
- Privacy and security awareness and training
- Policy and procedure development
- Assistance with investigations
- HIPAA privacy assessments