THINK HIPAA IS A PAPER TIGER? YOU'RE RIGHT.
Other HIPAA consultants go on and on about the risks involved in HIPAA audits conducted by the Office for Civil Rights. But the truth is something else: Since 2012, the OCR has managed to audit about 500 practices nationwide.
Practitiioners probably stand a better chance of being struck by lightning than being audited for HIPAA compliance.
But just because HIPAA is a paper tiger doesn't mean other risks aren't just as real. Every week, we receive inquiries from attorneys looking for offices that have sustained a data breach. And every day, social media is being used as an effective tool to connect the dots, allowing patients to find other patients who have been affected by healthcare's careless attitude toward privacy.
HIPAA isn't individually actionable, so a class-action lawsuit is the only way forward for patients who have been compromised. Thanks to social media and eager attorneys, what we're seeing today is the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, the costs associated with a class-action suit will bankrupt most practices. Since data breach is a 94% probability, it makes sense to have another plan in place to safeguard patient information:
MAKE COMPLIANCE BY THE QUARTER YOUR PRIVACY OFFICER.
The cost is extremely affordable, and we even provide Safelock Certified® employee training for members of your team who need to know the basics of maintaining patient privacy.
An outsourced Privacy Officer brings some key benefits to the table ... starting with another set of eyes. You'll find it very helpful to have someone on the outside review your patient privacy policies and procedures. It's even more helpful when that person knows what the law requires and can deliver it quickly and efficiently, with a minimum of disruption to your day-to-day operations.
Deciding not to report a data breach isn't the answer; your patients will find out soon enough when their financial data is hijacked. When they figure out your office was responsible, they'll get mad ... and then they'll get a lawyer. Or, more often than not, a lawyer will get them.
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