Seriously, HIPAA Enforcement Really is Changing

HIPAA was a big scary thing in 2003 and it turned out to be nothing but a waste of my time and money.  Don’t try to scare me with that again. I hear it often enough to feel pretty sure it is a belief many hold and only some voice.  Whether people say it outwardly or...

How long will it take to get HIPAA compliant?

I get asked this question almost every day.  So, I decided to devise a scoring system to help you estimate how long it will take to get compliant.  Answer these questions and tally up your score.  Keep in mind you can never consider yourself 100% compliant.  The only...

HIPAA Documentation AKA Telling Your Compliance Story

The way you tell any story is with pictures and words.  Documentation is a required element of HIPAA regulations that allows you to tell your compliance story.  I mentioned how important documentation is in the Plan of Attack for HIPAA 2.0 article.  What should your...

Why should you worry about patient’s privacy?

In a recent conversation at a MGMA conference an administrator said he hadn’t decided about HIPAA yet.  “He might just risk it. ” While I wasn’t seriously shocked by the comment, I felt serious concern for their patients. Sure, everyone has to decide what they are...

How do you create a culture of HIPAA compliance?

Almost every industry has guidelines that must be followed which makes the phrase “culture of compliance” a pretty common one.  HIPAA is best managed when it is built into a culture of compliance just like the others.  What does that mean and how do you create it in...