A very highly anticipated HIPAA change by the OCR is anticipated to go into effect this year, which is good news for patients and healthcare practices. It’s predicted to secure HIPAA notification rules, which will aim to keep patient healthcare information even more secure. It is up to healthcare practices to learn and regulate this system to best keep their patients’ private, personal information as safe as possible.
New HIPAA Audits in 2016
The OCR provides policy development, outreach, and technical assistant to the public in effort to increase the awareness of HIPAA rights – for both healthcare practices and their patients. This year, the OCR is administering and enforcing the notification rules of HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notifications. This is likely due to an incident in 2014, when there were over 15,000 complaints regarding alleged HIPPA violations. According to the HIPAA Journal, with the new and permanent HIPAA audit, the OCR’s goal is to “introduce the necessary safeguards to keep Protected Health Information secure.”
What it Means for Your Practice
HIPAA Journal further explains the OCR plans in saying they will, “…issue guidance on the use of mobile devices and cloud services by healthcare providers.” Providers that do not adhere to the new HIPAA laws and regulations will have to “pay for the lack of interest in data security and patient privacy”. By complying with these rules, you will be doing your organization and patients a big favor. This new audit enforced by the OCR will be very beneficial if followed and practiced as intended. Ultimately, it will help healthcare organizations improve their security compliance and protect patient’s information.
It’s crucial to stay up to date on industry changes and news so your organization can be proactive in preparing for them. HIS is a great resource when questions on industry information, changes, and updates arise. We specialize in providing the latest analytics, information, and industry changes to empower you to make smart decisions in regards to the management of your practice. This includes - but is not limited to - orthopedic, radiology, ICD-10, and specific services. It is of importance and service for your organization to be ready when change hits, especially with the rise of technology and improvements in medical healthcare.