Our attorneys have worked with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act since its passage in 2003. Attorney Karen McKeithen Schaede started her career as a nurse and has continued to work with health care professionals since entering the legal profession. HIPAA has two parts: privacy and security. It can seem daunting at first, but it is designed to protect the rights of all types of individuals in the health care system. Most health care providers are considered covered entities. A covered entity is someone who transmits certain health information in electronic form. More information about covered entities is available at www.dhhs.gov.
Covered entities are subject to fines and penalties if they violate HIPAA regulations. Sanctions can vary depending on the violation. HIPAA is a federal law. Providers should also look to state laws and how they affect a practice. HIPAA is tasked with safeguarding Protected Health Information (PHI). There are many myths about what the law requires. We help clarify those myths and provide sound direction to set up a plan. This process is started with a risk analysis, enabling you to see where there are gaps between what you are doing and what is required by law. We can help you develop written policies and procedures to comply with the law. The staff must then be trained on these new policies and procedures. We can help you develop a self-audit program so you can implement changes as needed. More information on the rule can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr.hipaa/privrulepd.pdf.
The federal government has initiated steeper penalties over the years making it essential for health care providers to have a plan in place to meet all the regulatory requirements. We are here to assist you in the process. We understand the many updates in regulations.
We usually develop a program for a flat fee which includes:
2)Develop polices and procedures
4)Provide annual updates and answer questions which arise
Contact us to assist in developing your plan, updating your plan or training your staff.