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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter August 2012


HITECH Act Compliance is a Team Sport:  Is your team HITECH ready?

 August  2012 Issue No. 32
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What documents must be tracked for HITECH/HIPAA compliance?
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Our model Business Associate Agreement includes provisions that meet the requirements of HIPAA/HITECH and is fully annotated with links to the relevant statutory/regulatory authority that underpins each Contract clause. The Contract package also includes a complete "User's Guide," with a clause-by-clause explanation of the issues addressed in the Contract. 

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Dear Carlos,

Welcome to our August 2012 HITECH / HIPAA Compliance Newsletter.  

 

The featured article this month is entitled: What documents must be tracked for HITECH / HIPAA compliance?

 

 

PRCLFrontPage The HIPAA Survival Guide is pleased to announce the release of our HIPAA Privacy Rule Checklist under HITECH. This product is now available on the HSG Store.

 

 

 

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Webtones PointerIn addition to our commercial-off-the-shelf training products, we now offer training customized for your organization through our partnership with the Digital Business Law Group. We recognize that some organizations, including business associates, have a need for HIPAA / HITECH training tailored to their specific needs (click here or on the image below to get more information).
 
HIPAA Training  
 

 

Our EHR Library remains one of our most popular downloads. Here you will find content that will help you select the right EHR package for your practice or facility and other useful EHR collateral.
 
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Main_Article What documents must be tracked for HITECH/HIPAA compliance?
Webtones Pointer The challenges of complying with an OCR HITECH / HIPAA audit are numerous. As such, preparing for a audit can be quite overwhelming. We covered this topic in our June 2012 Newsletter. We also did a number of Blog Talk Radio shows on this topic: 

Finally, we did a webinar on this topic and the slides can be found here. What we are covering today is another perspective on an audit, specifically the kinds of documents that you may be asked to produce.

 

HITECH / HIPAA NewsletterThe challenge for compliance professionals is to provide visible demonstrable evidence that your organization is in compliance. The way you do that is to produce documents that reflect process results. In our "What to expect?" content described above, we walked you through Checklist Items which are made up of the following components:

  1. A policy statement that reflects an organization's compliance intentions are (the what);
  2. A definition of a process by which the policy is implemented (the how); and
  3. Suggested mechanism(s) for capturing the results of the process (the tracking mechanism or measurement).
 Tracking mechanisms usually result in documents of "compliance process results." This is the real evidence that demonstrates that your organization is following its processes (assuming you have defined them) and fulfilling the intentions described in your policies. 
Key Contract Sections In short, we are talking about the end game: the compliance documents you should be producing as a result of implementing your compliance program. Keep in mind, like so much of HITECH / HIPAA compliance, there is no "one size fits all" set of documents pertinent to every covered entity or business associate. However, in general, there is a "core set of documents" that all organizations should be producing. This core set is what we focus on in this article. 

 

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