Many dental practices are struggling to maintain HIPAA compliance in an environment of ever-changing Federal and State regulations.
As rules become increasingly stringent and repercussions for violations become increasingly harsh, the importance of an efficient and effective HIPAA compliance program for private dental practices is evident.
The challenge comes in the robust complexity of the HIPAA regulations (and really, HIPAA is just confusing!) and the time and expertise necessary to develop and implement a truly compliant program.
Most private dental practices simply do not have the resources to devote to the proper development and maintenance of a system so necessary for the protection of the practice and its patients.
The Final Rules are in place and the deadlines for full compliance have long-passed. Even so, many dental practices are breaching HIPAA in a myriad of ways just in daily business.
These “little” breaches would not be too concerning (after all, HIPAA has been around since 1996 with little to no effect on anyone, right?) if not for the HITECH Act and the recently appointed HIPAA strong-arm, The Office of Civil Rights.
The OCR has been tasked with enforcing the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, and it is taking its role very seriously, imposing random audits and BIG civil, financial, and even criminal penalties for violations.
The HITECH Act cleared up a number of previously “grey” areas in the rules, making it more difficult for providers to walk away from violations and breaches unscathed.
The new “Audit Protocol” was just announced in late March 2016, and is set to begin later this year.
If your practice is not yet ready, you need to get it there, yesterday.
The business of healthcare is much like any other business, in that at a certain point it becomes more and more difficult for the smaller outfits to compete in a world responding to and built for industry titans (and yes, even the healthcare industry has its titans).
As HIPAA enforcement ramps up, this becomes especially clear for Dentists. The heightened fine schedule laid out under the Final Omnibus Rule is appropriate for large health care corporations, but could ruin the average Dental Practice.
With this in mind, we help dentists protect themselves, their practices, and their patients by streamlining the compliance process and reducing the stress associated with program development, training, and implementation.
We provide “Big Business Examples for Private Practice Solutions” to help you compete in this regulatory world. Our advanced academic and professional training in the business of healthcare and HIPAA allows us to help you build your compliance program by utilizing proven tools and techniques.
Why re-invent the wheel, when the “big guys” have already done it for us?
Contact us today to protect your practice!
Erin Glending, MHA, CHPinfo@eghma.com(216)816-1090
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