OCR Plans for Permanent HIPAA Enforcement Program Following Phase 2 Audits in 2016

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released two reports last week urging the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to retool its HIPAA enforcement efforts by the start of 2016. OIG outlined a number of inefficiencies in the current HIPAA compliance audit procedures, the most alarming of which called for the implementation of a permanent audit program. The report [...]

2023-08-07T16:01:34-04:00October 9th, 2015|

HIPAA Compliance for Startups

You've worked hard to get your startup company up and running; you've hired your staff, you've set up your payroll and secured your office space. But just when you think you've done everything you need to do to launch your business, you learn your company must also be HIPAA compliant. If you’re wondering what a HIPAA compliant office space means for you and the [...]

2023-09-07T16:11:27-04:00July 27th, 2015|

What is a HIPAA Business Associate?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, was originally created to protect health insurance coverage after workers change companies or lose their jobs. However, the legislation is best known for its provisions that require national standards for electronic healthcare transactions. It is the second section that includes what is known as the Privacy Rule which regulates the use [...]

2024-01-31T10:41:51-05:00July 18th, 2014|