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Everything You Need to Know About HIPAA Compliance

Everything You Need to Know About HIPAA Compliance

  Businesses that handle any type of patient records, from pharmacies to pediatricians, are subject to compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, known as HIPAA. But many offices aren’t clear on everything HIPAA compliance requires of them, which leaves them open for a fine for violations or worse. HIPAA requires those in the healthcare sector to meet privacy standards in the collection, storage, and transmission of patient health records. Violations can cost between $110 and $55,010 each, more severe ones can mean jail time. Another aspect of HIPAA requires the ability for patients to have access their health records, and this is one of the areas where patients do often file HIPAA complaints if they feel they’re not able to properly access theirs or their children’s records. While HIPAA compliance can sound onerous, it doesn’t have to be a burden. Motz Technologies is a HIPPA compliance expert and we’ve helped many businesses in Lancaster, PA and the surrounding area put the necessary systems in place to meet the HIPAA standard. As a matter of fact, we are HIPAA compliant ourselves and can sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) if needed. Let’s get into what HIPAA requires, the most common HIPAA violations, and how you can easily stay HIPAA compliant with the right IT partner. HIPAA Overview When you’re first reading through the 115 page document it can seem overwhelming. It contains rules about using a Unique Health Identifier (UHI) and National Provider Identifier (NPI), encryption and decryption, and tons of other protocols that have to be followed. If you don’t have a HIPAA literate... read more
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