HIPAA Changes for 2019
Each new year brings about a new focus for all, including HIPAA. With “less than 20% of all practices and business associates have implemented the safeguards required under HIPAA”, Jeff Broudy, CEO of PCIHIPAA stresses the changes that will be available in 2019 to correct this.
Below find the top three changes for HIPAA for 2019:
1. Free Risk Assessments
Broudy stresses that the lack of understanding of what is required is correlated to less than 20% of organizations implementing all safeguards. In order to combat this, PCIHIPAA is providing free risk assessments to assist with preparations for an audit so organizations are set up for success.
2. Increased Penalties
As a continuation of the increased enforcement over the past three years via the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Director Roger Severio mentioned enforcement and fines will be in even greater in 2019. With the increased amount of large data breaches, such as Anthem that resulted in a $16 million dollars, penalties are no longer avoidable, in fact, the range of fines can be from $100 to $50,000 per violation, not exceeding $1.5 Million per year.
3. Clearer Definitions
As the understanding of when and to what degree an individual is affected by data breach remains unclear, there will be an increase focused on clarifying this definition. Once solidified, this will absolutely be a game changer as there will be a set standard across the board and set fines accordingly.
In addition to the above three above changes, the focus on minimizing the number of patient care interruptions will also be reviewed. With the 42 CFR Part 2 in March 2019, the coordination of treatment, payment, and operations will be reevaluated to ensure the least amount of interruptions.
As a proud partner of several medical organizations, Lincoln Archives aims to be a resource in information protection. As a local Buffalo company, we especially aim to assist our fellow local organizations. For questions and training on HIPAA regulations, such as handling bloodborne pathogens, contact us today.
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by Kathryn Turner