The Compliancy Group has created a HIPAA Quiz which can be used by healthcare organizations free of charge to assess their current state of HIPAA compliance.
Healthcare organizations implementing policies and procedures to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules need to be certain that they are totally compliant with all requirements of the HIPAA Security, Privacy, and Breach Notification Rules. The Office for Civil Rights and state attorneys general have increased enforcement of HIPAA Rules and are now issuing more fines for noncompliance.
OCR investigates all breaches that result in the exposure of 500 or more records. If a breach occurs, HIPAA compliance programs will be scrutinized and if serious HIPAA violations are discovered, financial penalties may be deemed appropriate. So far in 2018, six HIPAA covered entities have paid financial penalties to OCR to resolve HIPAA violations. The average financial penalty in 2018 is $1,491,166.
State attorneys general also investigate data breaches and patient privacy complaints. They likewise issue fines to organizations that are discovered to have violated HIPAA Rules. State attorneys general have issued fines to five HIPAA-covered entities in 2018. The average financial penalty in 2018 is $514,563.
To help healthcare organizations avoid financial penalties, the HIPAA compliance specialists at the Compliancy Group created the HIPAA Quiz. Using this free tool, healthcare organizations may perform a quick evaluation to see if they are in compliance with key elements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The quiz requires yes/no answers and will quickly establish if there are any major gaps in compliance programs.
The Compliancy Group HIPAA Quiz covers some of the most commonly misinterpreted HIPAA Rules. This HIPAA compliance assessment tool can be found on the following link: