HIPAA Training: Compliance Requirements

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In this video, you will learn the requirements for HIPAA compliance. We cover:
The required audits, remediation plans, policies and procedures, required documentation, Business Associate management, and incident management.
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Transcript

In this video, we will discuss what is required for HIPAA compliance 

  • Now that you have a sense for the foundations of HIPAA, we’ll take a dive into what’s necessary for your practice to effectively comply with the law.

Audits: 

  • The first step in any effective compliance program is to execute a series of audits. 
  • These audits will give you a baseline of where your practice stands against HIPAA law.
  • HIPAA requires covered entities and business associates to conduct annual audits of their organization to assess Administrative, Technical, and Physical gaps in compliance with HIPAA Privacy and Security standards.
  • Under HIPAA, a Security Risk Assessment is NOT ENOUGH to be compliant–it’s only one essential audit that HIPAA-beholden entities are required to perform in order to maintain their compliance year-over-year.

STEP 2: Remediation Plans

  • Once covered entities and business associates have identified their gaps in compliance through these self-audits, they must implement remediation plans to reverse compliance violations. 
  • These remediation plans must be fully documented and include calendar dates by which gaps will be remediated. 

STEP 3: Policies and procedures

  • Covered entities and business associates must develop Policies and Procedures corresponding to HIPAA regulatory standards as outlined by the HIPAA Rules.
  • These policies and procedures must be regularly updated to account for changes to the organization. 
  • Annual staff training on these Policies and Procedures is required, along with documented employee attestation stating that staff has read and understood each of the organization’s policies and procedures. 

STEP 4: Documentation

  • HIPAA-beholden organizations must document ALL efforts they take to become HIPAA compliant. This documentation is critical during a HIPAA investigation with HHS to pass strict HIPAA audits.

STEP 5: Business Associate Management

  • Covered entities and business associates must document all vendors with whom they share PHI in any way, and execute Business Associate Agreements. 
  • Business associate agreements must be signed before PHI is shared.
  • This ensures PHI is handled securely and mitigates liability.  

STEP 6: Incident Management 

  • If a covered entity or business associate has a data breach, they must have a process to document the breach and notify patients that their data has been compromised in accordance with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule.

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