Thursday, April 4, 2013

HIPPA Omnibus: Experts' Tips for Small Providers

Even smaller healthcare organizations must keep in mind they have the same compliance responsibilities as larger entities.OCR made this point with the recent penalties it levied on small organizations for data breaches.

But smaller healthcare providers with limited resources can find compliance preparation challenging. Experts in healthcare security and compliance such as Rebecca Herold, Compliance Helper and CEO The Privacy Professor, Tom Walsh, Tom Walsh Consulting, have advice for smaller organizations.

"There are no excuses for noncompliance - which now would be considered 'willful neglect' and put an organization into the highest category of enforcement."
- Tom Walsh, Independent Healthcare Security Consultant
Their recommendations include taking advantage of free or low-cost reference materials from non-profits, government agencies, and trade associations.

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Sources:
(a) HIPAA Omnibus: Tips for Small Providers - Healthcare Info Security, 04/03/2013/

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