Worried about surviving a HIPAA audit or data breach investigation?
HIPAA Security Officer Services (SOS) let's you refocus on helping your patients or clients.
Our certified professionals will help you create a Culture of Compliance within your organization.
We will create written policies and procedures, staff training materials, and work with your IT department (in-house or outsourced) to ensure compliance with all your technical systems. We will maintain evidence of your ongoing compliance.
Ask how our services can help you become (and remain) compliant.
Complete our FREE mini-self-assessment of your HIPAA compliance.
YOUR ASSESSMENT WILL BE REVIEWED BY A CERTIFIED HIPAA PROFESSIONAL.
Compliance Process Automation for HIPAA
HIPAA SOS provides a step-by-step framework to help you tackle HIPAA audits and compliance services. We have taken the guess work out of compliance-as-a-service by automating the production of mandatory reporting under HIPAA. Our solution will look at the results of the manual surveys and worksheets and compare it to data from our automated scanning to uncover HIPAA related network issues, policy flaws, and potential breaches.
What is HIPAA?
HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed by Congress in 1996. Since then the impact of the legislation has been keenly felt by doctors offices and hospitals who are ill prepared to deal with data and network security. Sadly, many HIPAA violators face fines and business repercussions (such as loss of customers) so large that they are forced to close their business in six months or less. This is where we come in! By adding HIPAA SOS to your organization, we become the compliance manager in your organization, ensuring you meet & exceed your compliance standards.
What's the cost of non-compliance?
HIPAA violations are expensive. The penalties for noncompliance are based on the level of negligence and can range from $100 to $50,000 per violation (or per record), with a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per year for violations of an identical provision. Violations can also carry criminal charges that can result in jail time. See the fine tiers below.
Fines will increase with the number of patients and the amount of neglect. The lowest fines start with a breach where you didn’t know and, by exercising reasonable diligence, would not have known that you violated a provision. At the other end of the spectrum are fines levied where a breach is due to negligence and not corrected in 30 days. In legalese, this is known as mens rea (state of mind). So fines increase in severity from no mens rea (didn’t know) to assumed mens rea (willful neglect).
The fines and charges are broken down into 2 major categories: Reasonable Cause and Willful Neglect. Reasonable Cause ranges from $100 to $50,000 per incident and does not involve any jail time. Willful Neglect ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 for each incident and can result in criminal charges.