Does Your Practice Comply with HIPAA Regulations for EPHI Security?

Recent changes have made the securing of protected health information a high priority for medical practices and health care providers. Significant changes and regulations have been placed under the Omnibus Final Rule to provide the security and privacy obligations of covered entities and their business associates with respect to patients’ electronic protected health information (EPHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

While the HIPAA Privacy Rule specifically applies to health information concerning health plans, health care and clearinghouses, the HIPAA Security Rule establishes standards for appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards for EPHI. Yet even today many practitioners are not fully aware of the difference.

Protecting Your Patients and Your Practice

With these complex changes, BrownCOW Technology can provide a HIPAA security risk assessment to analyze your compliance with regards to data security. Failure to meet the new standards of patient information security can result in massive penalties up to $1.5 million. Covered entities are also required to a have an annual risk assessment performed by a qualified independent HIPAA consultant. With the HIPAA regulations and laws being so complex, an annual assessment with BrownCOW can ensure consistent compliance.

Our partner, HIPAA Secure Now, will provide an independent third-party assessment and give recommendations concerning your policies and procedures that may be putting you and your practice at risk. You are under no obligations to implement these recommendations concerning changes to your systems, and BrownCOW issues no warranties as to their completeness or level of compliance.

What can I do?

Contact BrownCOW today to discuss your compliance concerns and HIPAA risk assessment options. BrownCOW is your HIPAA-compliant Managed Service Provider in the Greater Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Kentucky area.