2016 was the biggest yet for monetary settlements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) privacy and security rules and it is said that 2017 is keeping pace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced 12 such settlements in 2016, averaging nearly $2 million.Organizations such as PrivacyRights.org educate patients about their rights and how to file a complaint. Each patient can "blow the whistle" about HIPAA violations, regardless of accuracy.
When someone files a complaint, the process is as follows:
News stories about violations and multi-million dollar fines are common.
Is your practice secure? If you are reading this and other articles on HIPAA compliance, you’ve taken the first steps.
This video review the basics of HIPAA, along with a few tips:
There are three areas of concern in HIPAA compliance, including:
Step 1 - Build Your Team
Step 2 - Security Hardening
Step 3 - Culture of Compliance
If HIPAA is a concern, you can contact me here. I welcome your call or email. We can talk about your team, software or processes and how they may be limiting your revenue growth.
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