How your new business venture (and potential associates) will handle sensitive, protected health information, and meet the regulations of the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a key question that will impact patient privacy and protection, not to mention your ability to practice – especially if an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) audit is in your future.
Thankfully, there’s a guided program available to systematically prepare you for HIPAA called HIPAA Guard, designed to walk you through each step of the process. You can check that out here. In the meantime, we think it’s important to at least provide a “lay of the land,” to help you start off on the right foot.
The following HIPAA Compliance Checklist will help you evaluate your organization, in seven key areas. They have been identified by HHS OCR as the elements of an effective compliance program.