The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPAA, is a far-reaching set of regulations governing the healthcare and health insurance industries. While it is most well known for standardizing rules for protecting patient identifying information,it consists of five distinct Titles, covering everything from transferring health insurance between jobs, fraud prevention life insurance, group medical policies, and medical savings accounts.
By far the most complicated and relevant section for many healthcare providers is Title II, which covers administrative rules, fraud prevention, privacy, and data security. For many healthcare companies, the complex forms, requirements, and certifications that accompany HIPAA compliance can seem impossible to keep up with. That’s where Physician’s Resource can help.
HIPAA Compliance Consulting
Although HIPAA was enacted in 1996, it is continually being updated to keep up with modern developments in healthcare, technology, and digital security. These changing regulations can be overwhelming for in-house IT and administrative teams to keep up with on top of the busy day-to-day business of providing healthcare. At Physician’s Resource, we are experts and industry veterans in HIPAA compliance. We help businesses in the healthcare industry stay up to date on all of the latest regulations and compliance practices.
We have been performing consultations, leading training classes, and creating educational resources for healthcare and insurance providers since 1992 to help businesses provide the services their customers count on.
Why Use HIPAA Consulting Services?
When it comes to HIPAA, compliance is not optional. A well-maintained compliance program is essential to ongoing success of healthcare businesses. Fines for breaches are not only extremely expensive, they can also be damaging to a provider’s professional reputation. Even if no breach has occurred, audits and investigations from regulators can result in fines for failing to fully comply with regulations. Moreover, healthcare and insurance providers can be held accountable for fraud that is committed by employees within their company if adequate preventative procedures are not in place.
Because when customers trust healthcare and insurance providers with their personal information, that data needs to be protected. Although the costs of HIPAA consulting depend on the size and complexity of a given business, expenses incurred promoting HIPAA compliance within a business are always money well spent, as they can prevent much larger and more damaging expenses from occurring down the line. By taking the time to examine your HIPAA-related procedures and personnel, you can deal with any potential gaps long before they become big problems, saving you time, money, and bad publicity.
Custom HIPAA Compliance Solutions
Not only do our specialists understand HIPAA inside and out, but they also have decades of experience creating systems for maintaining compliance for businesses at every scale. We know that every business is unique. That’s why we begin each consultation by analyzing all aspects of the relevant healthcare and administrative procedures to find any gaps in the way it handles HIPAA-related processes and data. This analysis covers both systems and personnel including general knowledge, procedures, physical security, and digital security. We’ll also identify any business associates who require business agreements in order to be HIPAA compliant.
After identifying key target areas in the office, we use this information to develop effective long-term solutions for each business’ specific needs, so it can always be HIPAA compliant without taxing valuable in-house resources. These solutions include administrative procedures, digital security, employee education, and more. We work closely with our partners to assist them with preparing and implementing these policies, so that any transitions happen as smoothly as possible.
Digital Security Experts
In our digital age, a security breach is one of the worst things that can happen to any company. Every month it seems that another high-profile data leak makes the news, often leading to a serious public backlash. A breach can carry severe legal and financial repercussions, not to mention its impact on customers’ lives and the business’ reputation.
All of our consulting services come backed with an expert understanding of digital security and all the ways that breaches commonly occur. We examine each of our clients’ systems and advise them on how to best protect their customers’ data and their business from bad actors.
With specialized HIPAA training for privacy and security officers and staff, as well as creating administrative procedures to make sure your systems are secure at every step of the process.
Long-term Success for Businesses in the Healthcare Industry
Physician’s Resource is dedicated to the sustainable growth of your business with custom HIPAA compliance solutions that are built to last. Our consulting services help ensure that your systems and procedures are not only safe right now, but are also prepared to continue to develop in the future as regulations keep evolving.
We do this by laying the foundations for an enduring culture of compliance within your company and give you the tools you need for sustainable implementation of HIPAA compliance within every aspect of your business. We also provide every client with a detailed HIPAA compliance checklist that covers every aspect of data protection and fraud prevention. With administrative practices that are built to grow with your company over time, you’ll be prepared for the future, whatever it brings.
HIPAA Training Classes and Education
One of the most important parts of this process is fostering a strong company-wide awareness of HIPAA, which is why we take complex regulations and turn them into straightforward education programs that everyone can understand. We make sure that every company we work with has the programs they need to promote effective ongoing education for all of its employees. These can take the form of custom educational materials, HIPAA compliance training, and info sessions where employees can learn more about HIPAA requirements and talk directly to our HIPAA experts.
We even offer standalone HIPAA classes and training seminars to help keep every company up to date without requiring a full consultation. HIPAA compliance training is one of the best ways to ensure that employees always understand the current regulations, forms, and certification requirements for the healthcare industry.
HIPAA Compliance for Portland Healthcare and Insurance Providers
At Physician’s Resource, we are proud to partner with countless businesses in the healthcare community of Portland and Oregon to promote HIPAA compliance and add value to the services they provide. Our mission is to provide custom solutions that work for each company’s unique needs by combining our expert knowledge of HIPAA compliance with extensive industry experience and a personal attention to detail.
To learn more about how HIPAA consulting can benefit your healthcare or health insurance company, contact us today at 1-800-615-1729 to get started with your custom compliance solution.