With employees in and out of your practice and new technologies on the rise, maintaining HIPAA compliance in all aspects of your business gets harder and harder. Keeping up with HIPAA requirements isn't going anywhere soon, if anything, it will likely continue to get harder. That's why we think it's important to have a plan of attack for maintaining security of patient information in your practice.
We've got 6 tips for managing eye care processes that could lead to different HIPAA pitfalls in your practice. We'll start out with risk analysis, and touch on things like employee compliance, social media use, and more.
Check Off These HIPAA Compliance Tips this YearStart with Risk Analysis
While risk analysis is a requirement for Meaningful Use, even if you aren't participating, it's a good idea to perform a risk analysis on your practice. Performing a risk analysis will help you review and understand all aspects of your practice's physical safety, administrative safety, technical safety, office policies, and organizational requirements. This can be a big undertaking, but the advantages of knowing where risk could be in your practice are important.Don't Ignore Employee Compliance
Your entire team needs to be HIPAA trained and certified. Keeping documentation of your staff's compliance is an important part of the process. On top of their training and certification, review their work stations and ensure that passwords and patient information are secure and protected. It's one thing to complete your HIPAA certification, and it's another to make sure employees are implementing those practices.Read More