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An Ultimate Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule Compliance

This whitepaper will leave you with a better understanding of:

  • The various “rules” of HIPAA, who they apply to, obligations they place on organizations, and possible penalties for non-compliance or breach;
  • Actionable measures you can undertake to ensure effective and efficient compliance with each of the HIPAA rules;
  • What factors to consider when conducting a HIPAA Compliance Risk Assessment;
  • Documentation & other essential requirements to consider when faced with an external HIPAA audit.

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Public Law 104-191, better known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), is one of the most important data protection regulations in effect within the United States. It aims to ensure that all subject organizations undertake appropriate privacy protection measures to adequately protect any individually identifiable health information that an organization may have.

Those unable to do so risk facing financial, operational, reputational, and regulatory repercussions that may seriously jeopardize an organization’s ability to conduct its business.

Hence, understanding all of the major provisions of HIPAA is critical for an organization aiming to achieve HIPAA compliance.

HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule Compliance

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There are 5 HIPAA rules. However, for HIPAA compliance, the three major rules an organization must focus on includes the following:

  • The Privacy Rule
  • The Security Rule
  • The Breach Notification Rule

The exact penalties for an organization may differ based on the nature of its violation. It can range from $127 per violation to $1,919,173, depending on whether the offending organization was willfully negligent and did not remedy the situation. Additional criminal penalties may also follow, as well as prison sentences for those personnel directly responsible for these violations.

The most effective way to communicate what is HIPAA as well as the patients’ right per HIPAA is via the privacy policy on the organization’s main website. Not only can the Privacy Policy be used to explain the organization’s data processing practices but also explain how they comply with HIPAA, their responsibilities, and how patients can exercise their various rights.

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