May 18, 2015

Providers Still Struggle With HIPAA Compliance

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This is a guest post from Mark Healey, a marketing specialist at NueMD who has a passion for healthcare technology and trends.

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Medical practitioners working to comply with requirements sanctioned by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are in the midst of a complicated struggle. Updates to regulations and technology standards happen at a faster rate than many medical centers can upgrade in-house procedures. In turn, these compiling developments cause a host of new compliance issues with each transition.

The Final Omnibus Rule from HIPAA was released in 2013. However, a large percentage of healthcare providers are still in the dark about the policy updates. In fact, 36 percent of medical office professionals maintain an inadequate understanding of HIPAA’s regulations. In addition to this hair-raising statistic, assimilation of audit strategies set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights is at a mere 67 percent.

In an attempt to ensure patient information security, a federal initiative aimed at reorganizing the industry was designed to ensure that healthcare professionals conducted self-audits. Approximately 33 percent of practices complied. Such a small adoption percentage has created a significant risk, especially given the spread of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Only about 25 percent of healthcare providers catalog at least 75 percent of their centers’ electronic devices that carry patient information. This greater increases the risk of patient data being leaked or hacked. Ultimately, this susceptibility is also a hazard to revenue cycle management.

Check out NueMD’s HIPPA infographic below to learn more. (Click to open in a new tab).

NueMD HIPAA Infographic

 

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