ADA – HIPAA Compliance Guidance

American Dental Association’s (ADA) HIPAA Compliance Tip Sheet

A while ago I blogged about the HIPAA Risk Assessment requirement.  My objective was to inform practices about the law, and PCIHIPAA’s approach to educating and helping the healthcare industry.

The ADA recently published a Tip Sheet for Evaluating HIPAA Compliance Services.  In it, the ADA validates that every practice must perform a thorough risk analysis.  In addition, practices must maintain a risk analysis document as part of its ongoing HIPAA Security compliance program.  The ADA states:

“Failure to conduct a risk analysis and/or maintain a risk analysis document can lead to insufficient safeguards and policies, breaches, complaints, and possible investigations by federal authorities.”

Below are the ADA Tips for Selecting a HIPAA Consultant.

  1. Determine your need.

PCIHIPAA’s 42 questions HIPAA risk assessment is a good starting point.  We do not guarantee 100% that our assessment and 23-page risk analysis will survive a HIPAA audit.  However, if you have not conducted an internal assessment, you are violating the law.  HIPAA does not define “how” you conduct your assessment, it only says you must maintain one, and show progress to eliminate your identified vulnerabilities. Our OfficeSafe Compliance Program is designed for busy practices like yours; that need to mitigate HIPAA related risks quickly, easily and affordably.  And if you happen to fall short, our $250,000 cyber insurance policy will protect you financially.

  1. Don’t wait if you do need help.

The ADA suggests it’s highly preferable to bring in a HIPAA consultant before hidden problems manifest.  Technology has transformed practices.  It’s more important than ever to implement the required HIPAA safeguards and understand HIPAA’s Privacy and Security rules so you can dramatically reduce your financial risks.  The challenge is balancing the resources required to run a successful practice, with mitigating your non-compliance and data breach risks.

  1. Ask around.

The ADA suggests you do your homework on HIPAA consultants.  To help, below are testimonials and other validations about PCIHIPAA.  We can also provide other testimonials upon request.

  1. Check credentials.

PCIHIPAA is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), and a Qualified Integrator and Reseller (QIR).  We have assembled a team of HIPAA lawyers that specialize in HIPAA law, policies and procedures, and incident response.  We have also secured strategic alliances with Qualified Scanning Assessors (QSA’s), HIPAA compliant data storage and restoration cloud providers, and encrypted e-mail providers.  Finally, many of our partners are healthcare IT providers.  We work side by side to insure your compliance, security, and reputation.

The ADA further informs their subscribers that dental practices have noticed an increase in the volume and intensity of sales pitches from HIPAA Security compliance consulting services. Yes, we support our families by selling a valuable service that protects practices from the risks the ADA lists above.  And like you, we provide a complimentary assessment and review, before we discuss a client treatment plan.

It’s easy to get started with no obligation.  Just go to Start My Risk Assessment.  You’ll be amazed to learn your vulnerabilities and ideas to protect your practice and your reputation.

 

Jeff Broudy
CEO

 

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