Regardless of the challenges a smaller group might have, a risk assessment is a baseline for any HIPAA program. The cost of this assessment is considerably less than a HIPAA fine.
As providers begin to reopen their practices or resume the full range of services they provided before the COVID-19 pandemic, they will have to consider not only normal clinical care and regulations, but extra precautions needed for staff and patient safety, financial challenges like stimulus loan requirements, employee furloughs, and compliance with local and state regulations.
Physician practices need to weigh the pros and cons of remaining independent or joining an integrated health care delivery system.
Hackers’ attempts to steal data could lead to malfunction of MRI machines, implantable defibrillators, insulin pumps, and other devices.
Hiring a manager to assist with handling the responsibilities of running a medical practice can be beneficial, but there are a few factors to consider before deciding to do so.
According to the Protenus Breach Barometer, which provides a monthly report of disclosed health care breaches, an average of 1 breach occurs every day. The main offender behind these breaches – now accounting for more than half of all reported breaches and 95% of total stolen records – is hackers.