5 Steps to Take to Ensure HIPAA Compliance

Practice Management

In an American Association of Orthopaedic Executives brief, Todd McDonagh, COO of MedSafe/Total Compliance Solutions, a healthcare compliance company, laid out five steps that healthcare providers should take to ensure that their practice is and remains HIPAA compliant.

The five steps, that Mr. McDonagh suggests, are:

1. Conduct a risk assessment of your practice.
2. Have documented HIPAA policies and procedures in place, such as a Notice of Privacy Practices that should be posted in a conspicuous place in the office.
3. Conduct employee training programs on HIPAA regularly.
4. Have employee disciplinary policies in place.
5. Evaluate your administrative, physical and technical safeguards.

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