HIPAA Compliance Resource Center

Did you know that in 2019 the healthcare industry incurred an average cost of $6.35 million per breach and it is estimated that the cost of data breaches will rise from $3 trillion each year to $5 trillion by 2024? This resource center is designed to help address questions you have about HIPAA, HITECH and PCI compliance to ensure your organization is compliant.  

HIPAA Compliance Resource Center

Did you know that in 2019 the healthcare industry incurred an average cost of $6.35 million per breach and it is estimated that the cost of data breaches will rise from $3 trillion each year to $5 trillion by 2024? This resource center is designed to help address questions you have about HIPAA, HITECH and PCI compliance to ensure your organization is compliant.  

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a set of regulatory standards that outline the lawful use and disclosure of protected health information. HIPAA compliance is regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services and enforced by the Office for Civil Rights. 

Healthcare companies are increasing their collaboration with managed IT services providers (MSPs) to ensure that network uptime and expert oversight of complex IT systems are provided in a secure manner. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Protected Health Information (PHI)?

Information collected from an individual by a covered entity that relates to the past, present or future health or condition of an individual and that either identifies the individual or there is basis to believe that the information can be used to identify, locate, or contact the individual.

What is HITECH and when does it go into effect?

HITECH stands for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The HITECH Act provides over $30 billion for healthcare infrastructure and the adoption of electronic health records (EHR). According to the Act, physicians are eligible to receive up to $44,000 per physician from Medicare for meaningful use of a certified EHR system starting in 2019 

Are HIPAA Rules included in the Notification of Enforcement Discretion regarding COVID-19 and remote telehealth communications?

Covered health care providers will not be subject to penalties for violations of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules that occur in the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This Notification does not affect the application of the HIPAA Rules to other areas of health care outside of telehealth during the emergency.

 

What businesses must comply with HIPAA laws?

Any business entity that electronically processes, stores, transmits, or receives medical records, claims or remittances. This can include organizations such as staffing companies, HR departments and other entities outside of a standard healthcare facility. 

How long must HIPAA Compliance Records be retained?

HIPAA requirements preempt state laws if they require shorter periods of document retention.  HIPAA compliance states you must retain required documentation for six years from the date of its creation or the date when it last was in effect 

What are the penalties for HIPAA non-compliance?

Failure to be HIPAA Compliant can result in fines up to $250,000 for violations or imprisonment up to 10 years for knowing abuse or misuse of individual health information. 

 

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