Financial systems may be putting non-acute care providers at risk for HIPAA violations.
NueMD, in partnership with Porter Research and The Daniel Brown Law Group, announced the results of its recent survey on HIPAA compliance within small medical practices and billing companies, gauging respondents’ knowledge of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security regulations, compliance measures and communication methods.
Survey trends suggest billing companies may be doing better
with compliance compared to medical practices.
The survey of more than 1,100 healthcare professionals found that practices and billing companies are struggling to comply with regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), revealing several areas of concern:
- 66% of respondents were unaware of HIPAA audits
- 35% of respondents said their business has conducted a HIPAA-required risk analysis
- 34% of owners, managers and administrators reported that they were “very confident” that their electronic devices that contain PHI were HIPAA compliant
With a new round of HIPAA audits looming for both Covered Entities and their Business Associates, NueMD hopes survey findings will help medical practices and billing companies better prepare.
“Understanding HIPAA can be difficult for practices and billing companies, especially if they’re already scrambling to keep up with changes like ICD-10 and Meaningful Use,” said Caleb Clarke, Sales and Marketing Director at NueMD. “With audits looming, we wanted to get a sense of where the industry stands and provide resources to help those who may be struggling.
Survey analysis identified the biggest areas of risk and potential improvement, and offers tips for achieving compliance. NueMD has published the results in an easy-to-consume narrative that explains aspects of HIPAA compliance, presents the data and offers resources for practices and billing companies who want to learn more.
To view the results, please visit http://www.nuemd.com/hipaa/survey.
About The Daniel Brown Law Group, LLC
The attorneys at The Daniel Brown Law Group specialize in transactional and regulatory healthcare law offering expertise in Stark, Anti-Kickback, HIPAA, Medicare Audits and Appeals and a variety of other compliance issues. They also advise clients on how to structure new healthcare service lines and mergers, as well as consolidations and joint ventures.
NueMD is the leading provider of cloud-based medical practice management software for small practices. Powered by Nuesoft Technologies, Inc., NueMD offers practice management, electronic health record and medical billing software and services to help physicians maintain the clinical and financial well-being of their practice. For more information please visit www.nuemd.com.
NueMD, with the help of research partners Porter Research and The Daniel Brown Law Group, is conducting a survey of medical practices, billing companies, and business associates designed to gauge respondents’ knowledge of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security regulations.
The research program that NueMD has lined up will offer medical practice professionals participating in the research a glimpse into how they stack up to peer professionals in the areas of HIPAA compliance familiarity, planning, training, and risk assessment, with some emphasis on common practices related to sharing PHI with third parties, across mobile devices, and in digital correspondence.
I encourage readers in physician practice settings to participate in the survey and lend your perspective and experience to the research. Participants will receive a benchmark report on the findings of where small practices are on HIPAA regulations.
Are you employed at a physician practice? Take the NueMD 2014 HIPAA Compliance Survey.
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