The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 introduced a range of new rules for managing, handling, and storing patient records. You must ensure your facility stays on top of recordkeeping and remains HIPPA compliant.
Mistakes or missteps can be costly as HIPPA violations are quite serious. To avoid these, you need to take steps to ensure you meet all HIPPA requirements.
The meaningful use requirements help you to stay compliant and able to accept certain types of government insurance. There are three stages of meaningful use. It started with Stage 1, which moved to Stage 2. It is now in the last stage, Stage 3.
Stage 3 Compliance
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, there are regulations in Stage 3 that specifically address protecting patient information. The requirement is to conduct a safety risk analysis and review.
Security reviews include updating the system often to prevent potential breaches of the system. It also requires reporting regularly about safety reviews. It also requires using updated technology that has security systems in place to meet regulations, such as CDM software solutions.
Part of the reviews of your system also must include looking for vulnerabilities and areas in which an unauthorized person could gain access to your records. You should put in place a plan to handle any risks and correct issues you find during reviews. Your facility also must have a plan to combat a breach should one occur.
It is essential to be compliant with HIPPA. Fines and other penalties can be devastating for your facility. Not to mention, you have to keep the whole reason behind HIPPA in mind. The goal is to keep your patient’s information protected and private, which benefits everyone. Your patients will trust you more, and you avoid a backlash that would occur if you suffer a records breach.