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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter May 2014 Archive


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

 May 2014 Issue No.  53
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Dear Carlos,

Welcome to our May 2014 HIPAA Compliance Newsletter.  

   

Our article this month is entitled:   Exploding HIPAA Myths!

 

This article discusses a number of HIPAA misconceptions that keep coming back like the proverbial "bad penny." Compliance with the regulations is far from trivial, however it is not nearly as complex or expensive as some in healthcare would have you believe. There are too many healthcare stakeholders that would rather delay, defer, or refuse to comply altogether. The industry as a whole would be far better off embracing the fact that privacy and security are now a cost of doing business, and simply get on with it. 

 

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Exploding HIPAA Myths!  

 
Webtones Pointer This article discusses a number of HIPAA misconceptions that keep coming back like the proverbial "bad penny." Compliance with the regulations is far from trivial, however it is not nearly as complex or expensive as some in healthcare would have you believe. There are too many healthcare stakeholders that would rather delay, defer, or refuse to comply altogether. The industry as a whole would be far better off embracing the fact that privacy and security are now a cost of doing business, and simply get on with it. 

  

Little progress would have been made in online banking had the banks not treated privacy and security as mission critical. But, healthcare doesn't require the kind of security that a bank does right? Well that may have been true prior to the HITECH Act when HIPAA was a paper tiger. However, now that a major breach can cost a covered entity ("CE") or business associate ("BA") millions, it is high time to stop the resistance. Resistance is futile. Furthermore, the ROI on a resistance strategy is negative (i.e. it really sucks).

 

HITECH / HIPAA NewsletterWetware v. Software?

 

Wetware is "biological gray matter in a fixed medium" suitable for other humans to consume. Wetware is not the same thing as software. Wetware is what you need to KNOW in order to comply with HITECH / HIPAA. You will NEVER get the required Wetware from HHS, NIST or any other government agency. Government, at best, will attempt to clarify what the requirements are. For subtle but otherwise obvious reasons Government is not going to tell you HOW to comply. Wetware, when done correctly, is a knowledge transfer vehicle. Its focus is on education.  

 

Software, on the other hand, is where you store & manage your visible, demonstrable, evidence ("VDE") of compliance. When compliance software is done correctly it should be much more than a glorified file repository. It should help you to effectively manage your HITECH / HIPAA compliance initiative. Software without Wetware is an empty container!

 

 Caveat CE and BA: compliance Software is often sold as Wetware! Compliance Software vendors are generally not in the business of keeping up with the latest updates to the regulations. They are in the business of providing features and functions that help you manage compliance. Both Wetware and Software have a place, but be sure you know what it is you are buying.

 

Key Contract SectionsAgile v. Heavyweight Methodologies? 

 

Navigating the regulatory maze has proved daunting for organizations of all sizes, now confronted with HIPAA 2.0 which is no longer a paper tiger. The methodology that you select will likely  make the difference between success and failure. Unfortunately, most organizations are unaware that they are selecting a methodology when launching a compliance initiative, let alone selecting the
wrong one.

 

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