Assisting Providers With HIPAA Compliance
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) require health care professionals to follow strict rules regarding patient confidentiality. As a provider, you must have the proper planning and training in place in order to navigate these laws and avoid breaches of the vast amounts of confidential patient information you handle on a regular basis. If a breach does happen, there are certain actions you must take.
Williamson Health Law assists health care systems and providers of all types throughout Michigan to understand the technical requirements of their HIPAA compliance matters. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal experience in the field of health care law and have garnered multiple service awards. We understand how critical HIPAA compliance is to your ongoing operations.
Crafting HIPAA And HITECH Policies And Procedures
HIPAA privacy and security rules require covered entities and business associates to have policies, procedures and forms in place meant to engender compliance. We will help you devise a plan tailored to the needs of your practice and draft all necessary documents.
We also assist providers with HIPAA and HITECH compliance in a number of other ways, including:
- Handling HIPAA breaches – Under HIPAA, a breach of patient information requires the provider to take several important actions, including proper notifications to the patient and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). We will assist you with taking all necessary steps, including required corrective action.
- Responding to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaints – If OCR pursues a complaint against you regarding a HIPAA violation, we can help you with a proper and timely response.
- Drafting and negotiating business associate agreements – Under HIPAA, anyone who provides services on your behalf must be covered by a business associate agreement if they work with any protected health information. We can both draft and negotiate such agreements on your behalf.
- Conducting HIPAA compliance audits and training – In addition to written policies and procedures, HIPAA requires entities to provide employee training. We can review your policies and training to assess your risk and advise you regarding any updates or changes you may need to implement.
Williamson Health Law focuses exclusively on representing health care systems and providers. You can rely on our extensive knowledge to direct you toward proper compliance with these laws, as well as other statutes, rules and regulations that affect your practice. Consider us your ongoing resource for any questions or concerns you have regarding these matters.
Talk To Us About HIPAA
We know all aspects of HIPAA, HITECH and other health care information privacy laws. Let us use our knowledge and insight to help you and your practice. To schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer at our firm, send us an email or call Deborah Williamson at 734-789-7948.