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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter June 2014 Archive


HIPAA Compliance is a Team Sport:  Is your team Omnibus Rule ready?

 June 2014 Issue No.  54
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Measuring HIPAA Compliance?
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Dear Carlos,

Welcome to our June 2014 HIPAA Compliance Newsletter.  

   

Our article this month is entitled: Measuring HIPAA Compliance?

 

Let's assume, for the purposes of this article, that you are the compliance officer for your organization. Further, let's assume that for the good of the organization (and your own job) you have decided that it is high time you have that dreaded conversation with your boss regarding HITECH / HIPAA compliance, and how the organization could be found in "willful neglect" if it doesn't update its long since outdated HIPAA compliance initiative.

  

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Measuring HIPAA Compliance?  

 
Webtones Pointer Let's assume, for the purposes of this article, that you are the compliance officer for your organization. Further, let's assume that for the good of the organization (and your own job) you have decided that it is high time you have that dreaded conversation with your boss regarding HITECH / HIPAA compliance, and how the organization could be found in "willful neglect" if it doesn't update its long since outdated HIPAA compliance initiative.
 
We are further assuming that your boss is not a "grouchy old doc" that frequently rants that he would prefer to go to jail than comply with HIPAA. If that is the case however, then update your resume and "get out of Dodge" as fast as you can. Frankly, you probably should have left Dodge years ago but it is not too late. Hopefully what you learn here will help you find a more enlightened boss.
 
Generally, any boss worth his/her salt is going to have some basic questions that you should anticipate and be prepared to answer. Among those questions may be the following:
  1. How much is this going to cost?
  2. How much of your time and staff time is this going to take?
  3. What's the probability that we will incur liability for non-compliance and what's a reasonable worst case scenario?
  4. How are we going to proceed (i.e. what's the plan)?
  5. How will we know if we have achieved our compliance objectives (i.e. how do we expect to measure HIPAA compliance).
Finally, we are assuming that your organization has already purchased our Subscription Plan. This assumption is made out of convenience (and because we are "shameless marketeers"), so that we can provide "real world" answers to the first four questions and focus the discussion on the last.

 

HITECH / HIPAA NewsletterHow much will this cost?

 

There is no simple answer to this question for a number of reasons, including but not limited to, the following:

  1. Compliance is not a one time project but a continuous process.
  2. There will likely be some enabling technologies and/or consultants required to help your organization with technical aspects of compliance (e.g. encryption).
  3. A large part of the cost of your compliance initiative depends on your organization's size (e.g. taking an inventory of assets for a five person organization is far less expensive than for a 500 person organization).

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