Improve clarity and create a plan of action
You may have an idea of what HIPAA compliance is—and why it’s so important. But does your organization have the resources and strategies in place to ensure that it can maintain HIPAA compliance? Because HIPAA is a complicated set of regulations with far-reaching implications in the health industry, it’s important to split up your individual strategies into a HIPAA compliance checklist that will improve clarity and create a plan of action.
In its simplest form, a HIPAA compliance checklist is an agenda of items that are integral to running a private and secure medical organization. And those two words—private and secure—are very important here, because they refer to two express rules within HIPAA:
But simply increasing your focus on privacy and security won’t be enough. You have to have the specific action-steps in place to help get your organization up to HIPAA compliance.
No HIPAA compliance checklist is complete without first establishing the parameters for these action steps. Here’s a brief list of everything you’ll need to know before proceeding:
With these basics in mind, it’s time to get to the action steps.
With the above in mind, it’s time to get specific about HIPAA compliance and the unique steps you can take to ensure your organization keeps a tight grasp on private health information.
Before we begin in the individual steps, let’s think about the broad strokes that a company like yours might try to kickstart the process:
These two steps alone can represent a major leap forward for any organization looking to boost its HIPAA compliance. But when it comes to getting your organization up to speed, you should next focus on Audits and Assessments. This essential step should be far-reaching and include a series of smaller steps in the form of individual audits, such as:
But it doesn’t end with the audit. Once you’ve completed these assessments and audits, you should then create a new checklist for addressing each of the issues raised throughout the process.
From there, you might consider a few of these important next steps:
Although HIPAA compliance rightly focuses on making privacy a priority, there’s no reason that Security Processes should get lost in the shuffle. Make sure to include the following in your HIPAA compliance checklist:
Although this comprehensive HIPAA checklist can be both handy and intimidating, it shouldn’t be. Instead it should be a reminder of how serious HIPAA compliance is—as well as a reminder that if you take the right steps, compliance should be assured.
But there are also some vital steps that deserve to be mentioned, especially from an overall birds-eye view of your organization:
Medical organizations have a lot to live up to when it comes to HIPAA compliance—but with the proper steps, they should be confident that HIPAA compliance is not only achievable, but a matter of practice.
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