If you do an web search for HIPAA compliance solutions, you will see hundreds of results. Sadly, the majority of HIPAA compliance solutions being advertised provide a compliance service in only one or two areas of HIPAA. Few supply complete solutions.
This is an crucial distinction to identify. In order to adhere with HIPAA, you have to be totally compliant. It may be commendable that you have HIPAA-compliant data management systems, or HIPAA compliant channels of communication, but these are not complete HIPAA compliance solutions.
It only takes one flaw in your compliance efforts for a breach of PHI to take place. You could also be fined for being less than completely HiPAA-compliant if you are audited by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). It may not be the case that individual HIPAA compliance solutions are a waste of time and money, but they do not supply the total coverage you will need in order to be HIPAA compliant.
What Does Total HIPAA Compliance Include?
This will depend on the reach of your business and whether it is categorized as a Covered Entity, Business Associate or subcontractor. Large medical facilities that utilize, maintain and share PHI will likely be subject to a thorough selection of regulations from the following Acts of legislation:
- The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996).
- The Privacy Rule (2000) and subsequent amendments.
- The Security Rule (2003) and subsequent amendments.
- The HIPAA Enforcement Rule (2006).
- The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (2009).
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009).
- The Omnibus Final Rule (2013).
In order achieve HIPAA-compliance, it may be necessary to adhere with all these rules, or just a few. This is why there are no “one-size-fits-all” total HIPAA compliance solutions and so many firms offering solutions to patch different parts of HIPAA compliance.
Learn More about Total HIPAA Compliance Solutions
If you are already aware of the HIPAA rules and regulations your business is subject to, and would like further guidance about achieving total HIPAA compliance, we suggest you go to the Compliancy Group – a compliance software supplier with a 100% OCR/CMS audit pass rate.
The Compliancy Group supplies bespoke HIPAA compliance solutions to suit each individual business’s requirements. The services provided range from conducting risk assessments and internal audits in order to spot gaps in HIPAA compliance, to remediation planning and staff compliance training.
Other areas tackled by the Compliancy Group include the development and adaptation of HIPAA-compliant policies and processes, the management of Business Associates (or subcontractors if your business is currently a Business Associate), and how to manage – and report – a breach of PHI.
The business’ programs are constant and often updated to account for changes in legislation, technology and work procedures. They are also important for groups hoping to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage I & II incentives, with individual coaches available to help answer specific queries.