The mountain of regulations and the legal and financial consequences of failing to follow the law entirely adds a significant responsibility to the person serving as a HIPAA compliance officer.
But what if you’ve just been assigned that role? What are the responsibilities of the position, and how do you become a HIPAA Compliance Officer?
How to Become a HIPAA Compliance Officer: The Basics
The primary focus of HIPAA regulations centers around maintaining patients’ protected health information (PHI) privacy. It’s so important that the law requires each organization to appoint someone as its HIPAA Privacy Officer.
The responsibility of ensuring the organization meets the legal requirements of the law rests with this person. In some organizations, this person also fulfills the role of HIPAA Compliance Officer. In others, the HIPAA Privacy Officer is responsible for the technical details of privacy, such as data security, access controls, and physical security. At the same time, the HIPAA Compliance Officer ensures that the complete requirements of the law are satisfied.