Did You Meet The HIPAA Omnibus
Did You Even Know There Was A Deadline?
For 30 years, we have been assisting our clients with their IT needs, from providing computers and servers, firewalls, printers, support, and service. Since we support a large number of medical clients, we invested in the training and skills required to comply as a Business Associate. As a Certified HIPAA Security Professional and a PCI DSS Security Professional, I know what is required to maintain a secure network for both requirements. In addition, my technical staff is Certified HIPAA Security Professionals too. The staff is trained to know what a client or prospective clients' needs to implement to protect patient health information AND to help them comply with their HIPAA Security Policy.
If You Did Not Meet The Deadline, We Can Help
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule deadline was September 23, 2013. HIPAA Ominbus requires significant adjustments to HIPAA policies and procedures and affects all Business Associate (BA) relationships. Under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, BAs and even their subcontractors who have any contact with Protected Health Information (PHI) may now be responsible for penalties and breaches.
Many practices have yet to address the required changes to avoid exposure. Staff, doctors, and security compliance officers must be educated regarding all of these adjustments. In the event of a HIPAA Security or Privacy problem, the penalties could increase for organizations that do not make the necessary updates to comply with HIPAA Ominbus.
Some key issues to consider are:
Who signs the BA and why?
Are your Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP's) up-to-date?
Do you monitor vendor protection of PHI?
To avoid penalties associated with a breach, you, your staff, your compliance officers and your BAs need to understand every aspect of the HIPAA Ominbus Rule including re-evaluating your Business Associates Agreements for appropriate language.
If the deadline and the requirements are not clear to you, contact us today. We will meet with you and provide a FREE initial compliance assessment.
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