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  • The Bar for HIPAA Compliance

    , Chief Executive, ecfirst

    health2Based on the frequency and amount of HIPAA fines in 2016, one thing is clear, very clear: the lack of a credible HIPAA compliance program for an organization today, will lead to an increase in business risk.

    Multiple alleged HIPAA violations resulted in a $2.75 million settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). HIPAA fines typically are in the seven figures. In addition, it always includes a corrective action map (CAP), which requires a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program, mandated with attestation from an organization’s officer over the duration of the CAP period. The duration of the CAP period is typically a minimum of two years, more likely, three years.

    The recommendation to senior leadership: select a security framework and establish HIPAA compliance within the context of that framework. There are essentially three options for security frameworks: HITRUST, ISO 27001 and NIST. I would recommend HITRUST. Be deliberate, disciplined, and steady to get HITRUST certified.

    Senior executives must treat HIPAA compliance as a life-cycle, as a process. It will lower business risk!

    Let’s examine the settlement related to UMMC to better understand how this impacts where you need to set the bar for HIPAA compliance based on Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforcement of the regulation. (more…)

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    Our Prescription for Security and HIPAA Compliance

    , National Healthcare Market Manager, Solutions

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    Identity theft has become epidemic in the United States — and across the world for that matter. It seems as if we hear about major breaches of personal data on a weekly basis, and now healthcare data breaches are becoming more and more prevalent. Nearly 42 million people have had their protected health information (PHI) breached since 2009.

    Over the past couple of years, a number of organizations, including Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Community Health Systems (CHS) and Xerox Healthcare, have experienced massive PHI breaches. The Anthem breach affected nearly 80 million records. A breach at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission put the state out of HIPAA compliance. And finally, CHS had 4.5 million patient records stolen by cyber criminals.

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