Is Your Practice Violating HIPAA Regulations?

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Posted by David Low (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
Replied on April 11, 2017 12:00 am
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While I have no direct dealings with HITRUST, I have not heard one kind word about their approach or business objectives.
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Posted by Alan Davis, PMP, GSLC (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
Replied on April 10, 2017 8:00 pm
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Found this disconcerting:"We struggle to have enough resources to dedicate to the ever-changing environment," said J. Stefan Walker, MD, a family medicine physician at CCMA. "There is always something new and regulations are constantly evolving.." - Perhaps this MD was including all regulations that impact healthcare? HIPAA itself, even with HITECH, isn't "constantly evolving"
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Posted by Allison Dolan (Discussions: 2, Comments: 58)
Replied on April 11, 2017 8:00 pm
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As if it isn't hard enough to get providers to follow compliance standards... as an evolving set of "Common Sense Guidelines"... Seems like there is a lackadaisical attitude/understand in some regards and overkill on others.
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Posted by David Low (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
Replied on April 11, 2017 8:00 pm
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Alan Davis, PMP, GSLCavis And Allison Dolan I sure would appreciate it if you would share some of your great conversations on our group (The Healthcare Compliance Solutions Administrative Alert). Our group members also would appreciate this kind of discussion. Sometimes folks have complex questions that require group input/feedback.
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Posted by David Low (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
Replied on April 11, 2017 8:00 pm
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Alan Davis, PMP, GSLC I was dubious myself about posting this article would you mind expanding on your feeling about HITRUST (even if privately)?
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Posted by David Low (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
Replied on April 11, 2017 8:00 pm
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David, I have no issue expanding on my feeling. IF I recall correctly, HITRUST is pursuing a certification monopoly(?) and leading clients to believe that their expensive approach is the "holy koolaid" of HIPAA.
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Posted by Alan Davis, PMP, GSLC (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
Replied on April 11, 2017 8:00 pm
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HITRUST is a hard to use and expensive methodology. You could spend six months simply learning the HITRUST lingo. Try watching some of the "introductory" videos. I have on several occasions and they are incomprehensible.
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Posted by Carlos Leyva (Discussions: 1, Comments: 144)
Replied on April 12, 2017 8:00 pm
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Carlos Leyva, I agree with you. However, six months of "simply learning their lingo" inevitably turns into an extended purchase and sale of product, because of time already invested and additional training costs. They're own bait and click meme!
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Posted by CAROLE HOLCROFT (Discussions: 0, Comments: 4)
Replied on April 12, 2017 8:00 pm
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For better or worse, HITRUST has stepped into the void created by a sincere desire on the part of covered entities and business associates to have a third party certification standard for HIPAA compliance (plus). Is it expensive? Yes. Is it more expensive to have enterprise CEs that really want to be in compliance with HIPAA create and deliver 300-point questionnaires to prospective BAs, for BAs to complete them, for CE's to actually substantively review the responses and go back and forth with BAs for months before permitting them to touch their patients' or members' PHI? Yes. At a system level, there is a cost savings by pursuing HITRUST certification. At an individual BA level, there is a benefit in that it shortens the sales cycle when selling to sophisticated (or at least big) CE customers and prospects. There are numerous consulting firms with captive CPA firms that provide HITRUST certification. I've explored this on behalf of a number of BA clients ... (cont'd)
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Posted by David Harlow (Discussions: 1, Comments: 14)
Replied on April 15, 2017 8:00 pm
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(cont'd from above) ... and there are a range of firms providing HITRUST certifications, at varying price points, depending in part on the size and compliance maturity of the BA. In addition, let's not forget that for those of us dealing with the EU, there are GDPR / Privacy Shield matters to consider as well. Some of the firms providing HITRUST certification are now also providing GDPR services as well. These are a necessity for those entities seeking to continue to do business in the EU after next spring.
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Posted by David Harlow (Discussions: 1, Comments: 14)
Replied on April 15, 2017 8:00 pm
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HITRUST has gotten a number of large payors and other health care organizations on board who have let folks know that in the future HITRUST certification will be a requirement for contracting with them. It's becoming a de facto standard, so like it or not, it's important to be familiar with it.
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Posted by David Harlow (Discussions: 1, Comments: 14)
Replied on April 15, 2017 8:00 pm
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HITRUST has made strides with its latest release and improvements. It certainly is a significant undertaking but one that is doable. If anyone has questions feel free to message. I will also be giving an informational webinar on the topic on 5/2. You can go to wolfandco.com to register.
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Posted by Michael Kanarellis (Discussions: 0, Comments: 2)
Replied on April 16, 2017 8:00 pm
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