PracticeForces Meets HIPAA Standards for Full EHR Security

Posted by Team PracticeForces on Dec 5 2014

Fotolia_63916383_Subscription_Monthly_MPracticeForces has completed its measures to become fully compliant with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

HIPAA standards require covered entities (i.e. health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and healthcare providers) and business associates to take concerted action against unauthorized access to Protected Health Information (PHI). PHI consists of patient names, addresses, phone numbers, and all other records of the patient’s health state, medical care, and payment. To prevent unauthorized access, physician practices specifically have to implement certain basic and advanced security protocols for their Electronic Health Records (EHR) and transactions.

Basic security measures include password creation according to specific criteria, employee education and training on full EHR security policies, use of firewalls, anti-virus programs, digital signatures, and data encryption.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made revisions to HIPPA’s regulations with new privacy, security, and breach notification rules – referred to as the final “HIPAA Omnibus Rule.” According to these updates, covered healthcare providers must apply more stringent security measures due to the increasingly widespread use of EHR and cloud-based medical software. Physicians must be able to update their Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) and Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) per these new mandates. As a side note, Google’s BAA provides 100% HIPAA-compliant online programs for physician specialty practices.

Our clients at PracticeForces outsource their revenue cycle management, medical coding, medical transcription and other EHR-related practice functions to us, so it was imperative for us to be in complete compliance with HIPAA. We are, after all, an extension of a physician practice in the services that we deliver.

Now we are happy to announce that our entire team is 100% up-to-date on all HIPAA security and privacy systems, so all of the health information that gets processed through us remain protected from hackers, malicious software, identity theft, or general loss.

 

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Topics: HIPAA, EHR

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