We at NetworkAntics have gathered some thought-provoking HIPAA Compliance Support questions for the Inter-webs to ponder and enjoy. Ensuring HIPAA compliance may feel daunting at first, but these questions are meant to help guide you through an easy self-check of your system to make sure that you aren’t making any glaring mistakes.

Pro-tip: Did you know an ePHI system does not ensure HIPAA Compliance or Meaningful Use compliance?

Ask yourself these HIPAA Compliance Support questions:

1. Do you have documented Policies and Procedures governing all compliance, retained for a minimum of six (6) years?

2. Do you have documented Eligible Professional Meaningful Use attestations?

3. Do you have security documentation of all resources accessing, maintaining, communicating and storing Health Information … in any form … including hiring and termination procedures, roles and responsibilities, unique access IDs and Passwords, detailed equipment inventory and facility security and maintenance?

4. Do you have Emergency and Disaster Recovery Plans and testing along with Risk Management analyses?

5. Do you have documentation of all system accesses and required monitoring, reviews and corrective actions?

6. Do you have documentation of all compliance reporting?

If the answer to any of these questions is “NO,” then you will fail an audit and may be subject to the following:

HIPAA penalties can be fatal…

  • Up to $1.5 million for serious violations
  • Up to 5 years in prison for criminal violations

HIPAA violations can lead to severe civil liabilities.

CMS penalties can be fatal…especially if you received CMS incentives…

  • And…you do not maintain full compliance for each and every “Eligible Professional”
  • And … Report all required and selected Clinical Quality Measurements
  • You may be required to refund all or part of any incentives you’ve received
  • You may be charged 5% of all reimbursements received since the date of incentive.
  • You may be denied future Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements

NetworkAntic’s HIPAA Compliance Support provides:

1. Economical compliance software in the cloud.
2. HIPAA Risk Assessments
3. Audit assistance

Do you have additional questions about HIPAA compliance support that need answering? Or, did you find these questions helpful and would you like to safeguard yourself against other risk assessments? Try checking out some of our relevant blog posts below:

HIPAA Compliance Support

Risk Assessment Support

Understanding HIPAA Security Audit Risks and Myths

On-site HIPAA Assessment

HIPAA Audit Story

 

Helpful HIPAA Compliance Support Questions to Ask Yourself

While the above questions should help you get started, there are always other things to consider that can make your head spin. This is why it can be helpful to have a second, third, or fourth pair of eyes to make sure you do your due diligence. If you would like to completely ease yourself of any worry of accidentally making an HIPAA violation, contact our team of professionals at NetworkAntics today!