The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has endured multiple changes since it was enacted in 1996. While most healthcare professionals are aware of the numerous aspects of HIPAA, many business associates (BAs) fail to understand the importance of understanding policies and procedures for complying with HIPAA.
The U.S. HHS (Health and Human Services) investigates healthcare providers on a regular basis for breaches in patients’ privacy rights. When a healthcare organization fails to comply with HIPAA, the HHS delivers massive financial penalties.
HIPAA Security Audit Program Began Shortly After October 1st 2013
October 1st, 2013 marks the beginning of the 2014 fiscal year for OCR and HHS, which means they will start implementing their 2014 Security Audit Program for covered entities and BAs. Under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, BAs are liable for HIPAA compliance.
The compliance date for the final Omnibus Rule became effective on September 23rd, 2013. With continuously updated HIPAA-compliance policies and procedures, it can be difficult for BAs to help their clients comply with HIPAA.
Link High Knows That HIPAA Training For BAs Is Essential!
As a leading IT provider in New Jersey, Link High Technologies acts as a BA when we serve healthcare organizations, so we too must comply with HIPAA regulations.
As part of our commitment to the success of our clients, Victor Liu, President at Link High Technologies, has decided to undergo extensive HIPAA training in order to obtain a certification in HIPAA Security Proficiency.
The 4Med+ CHSP Certification provides comprehensive training in HIPAA for medical staff managers, BAs, and security officers. During the training, individuals receive comprehensive lessons outlining every aspect of HIPAA compliance, including the Privacy and Security Rules, the HITECH Act, and Omnibus Final Rule of 2013.
Victor Liu is in the process of learning about the topics listed above, as well as:
- BA regulations,
- HIPAA data breaches and penalties,
- HIPAA audits and enforcement,
- Compliance with multiple regulations, and
- HIPAA policies, procedures, awareness, and training.
As a managed service provider, Link High Technologies understands the importance of obtaining extensive knowledge regarding HIPAA regulations. To learn more about HIPAA policies and procedures, give us a call at (973) 321-1063. Link High Technologies is ready to assist your healthcare organization with HIPAA compliance.