The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 had a major revision in 2013, commonly known as the HITECH edition of HIPAA. Quite simply, this update brought Business Associates fully onboard with HIPAA compliance and thus, liability for the secure protection of Protected Health Information, (PHI). This Toolkit is designed to help you meet those standards through the creation your own specific HIPAA Compliance for Business Associates manual.
Among the privacy and security topics included -
- Privacy officer job description
- Protected Health Information (PHI) policy
- Security Rules and Risk Management
- Emailing/faxing PHI
- Breach Notification Requirements
- Business Associates subcontractor agreement form
- Workforce Training Policies
- Open Door Policy
- Non-retaliation Policy
- Security Risk Assessment tool
- Emergency Preparedness Plan
After your HIPAA Compliance for Business Associates manual has been created, ask your legal counsel to review it. Government compliance regulations change over time and regulations may differ from state to state. In some cases, state and local regulations may supersede specific sections of the federal HIPAA regs. A legal review is critical before production and distribution.
This manual template is current as of 2019. Changes in laws, rules, and regulations may require periodic updates to this manual. In addition, changes to your Business might warrant updates to your HIPAA policies and procedures and staff training. An example: if your Business implements an entirely new computer system, this would necessitate that all workforce members receive new HIPAA training.
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