Importance of HIPAA Updates


The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) puts in place a Federal standard of privacy and security for the electronic transmission of Protected Health Information (PHI). It can be difficult to put in place or stay current with HIPAA requirements while juggling the daily operations of a medical practice. 



With everything else on your plate, why is it so important to stay on top of and maintain the HIPAA Compliance of your practice?


It’s required by Federal law. It is required and enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office for Civil Rights for covered entities to review and update the technical and non-technical aspects of their HIPAA compliance at least annually, and as operational and environmental changes occur in the practice. Remember, penalties for non-compliance can be as high as $1.5M per violation!


To know if your HIPAA P&P are actually working. If your practice has experienced any security incidents, whether or not reportable, or if questions keep coming up in your office over what is or isn’t allowed, your HIPAA compliance may not be working adequately.


To not miss out on changes in requirements. The only way for a covered entity to determine if they are following the most up to date HIPAA requirements is to revisit, review, and update their HIPAA P&P and compliance components in place.


Do it for the right reasons. Stay current on your practice’s HIPAA compliance to protect your patients! With the frequent news headlines of cyber attacks and breaches of personal information, it is hard for consumers to trust organizations with their PHI. Follow the golden rule: Treat your patients PHI like you want yours to be treated.




If you haven’t dusted off your HIPAA P&P recently, I challenge you to do so today, or put it on your to-do list this week. Staying up to date on HIPAA compliance is important for your practice’s well-being, and for your patients!


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