Are Your HIPAA Practices in Compliance?

If you've been involved in healthcare for more than a month, you've heard the term 'HIPAA compliance'. It's practically a catch phrase in the field, since the law that the concept is based around governs a great deal about interactions between patients, providers, and practices.

Most likely, you've heard it so many times that you've forgotten some of the finer points-a dangerous position for any healthcare practice or provider.
To make sure that doesn't happen to you, below is a succinct refresher on the finer points of HIPAA compliance, including legal requirements and patient rights for both patients and providers. Note: Please consult an attorney for legal advice as it relates to HIPAA compliance.

Protected Information

Patient Rights

How to Stay Compliant
To maintain HIPAA compliance, you must always . . .

Most importantly, train your staff on these expectations and on the appropriate handling of PII and ePHI (electronic patient health records). HIPAA compliance never really goes away, and the penalties for letting your policies lapse are harsh. Set up regular trainings and refresher courses for all of your staff and medical providers, instead of relying on one-time or independent training.

Ultimately, your patients and your practice will reap the rewards of your efforts, with fewer and less devastating record compromising incidents. The safer your patients' health records, the more secure your practice.
About the Author - Ashley Choate is a native of Jacksonville, FL where she lives with her son, dog, and three cats. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville University with a BA in English and holds an MAED in Adult Education and Training. She lives for reading and writing, learning and teaching, and figuring out the day-to-day traumas and joys of mommyhood. .

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