WHAT IS HIPAA?
If your organization is in the healthcare industry, personal health information security must be your primary security concern. Patient privacy and patient data protection is not only critical, it’s also the law. Accepted in 1996, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act defines security standards and policies to protect individually identifiable health information (Protected Health Information).
5NINES can assist businesses by providing data security assessment services. If you’re looking for help with HIPAA compliance and top-notch healthcare compliance solutions, we’re here to help.
WHO IS COVERED BY HIPAA RULE?
In general, any organization or academic institution that handles any form of individually identifiable health information needs to verify their compliance status. It includes the following entities and business associates:
Why do you need to be HIPAA Compliant?
If you are a covered entity (health plans, health care clearinghouses, health care providers); provide treatment, payment, or operations in healthcare; have access to patient information; provide support in treatment or payment; are a business associate; or a subcontractor, then you must be in compliance with HIPAA at all times.
Failure to comply with HIPAA regulations and HIPAA compliance requirements can result in criminal charges or hefty fines, regardless of whether the violation resulted from willful neglect or intention. Even inadvertent violations are not considered justifiable by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services. Penalties for noncompliance are based on the level of negligence and may be up to $58,490 per violation, with a maximum penalty of $1.7 million per year. This is in addition to other consequences enforced by applicable laws, litigations and regulatory penalties.
5NINES can evaluate your organization’s patient data related processes, controls, and policies and identify any potential gaps between the practices and HIPAA requirements and advise corrective actions to be taken prior to an OCR audit or compliance review. We pride ourselves in taking extra security measures to ensure that privacy and security in your company are of paramount importance. Through our HIPAA compliance program, we offer technical safeguards to help you maintain crucial privacy policies and procedures.
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