Could your medical or dental practice pass a randomly scheduled HIPAA audit?
It’s important to remember that there’s no way to be HIPAA certified before such an investigation or otherwise guarantee your office will pass, a fact highlighted at the 2015 meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. That means compliance has to be an ongoing concern.
Doctors, dentists and other medical professionals in charge of their own offices have to protect patient and billing data, as well as continually document those efforts. Strong archiving processes and tools geared specifically for the requirements of HIPAA compliance can make a big difference. With the recent requirement of electronic health records under the Affordable Care Act and the rise of electronic billing; managing, storing and potentially accessing data to meet the demands of an HIPAA audit is a crucial consideration.