As a dental practice, you have no option but to remain HIPAA compliant in everything you do. HIPAA compliance entails having a comprehensive HIPAA policy drafted and enforced along with the policies and procedures in place needed to comply. There need to be regular review meetings and a remedial action policy formulated in case of non-conformities discovered during internal audits. Whether you are a part-time solo practitioner with $150,000 in annual production or running a group practice with $12,000,000 in annual production, your HIPAA requirements are the same. Existing practices should already have HIPAA compliance and new practices should have it built into its core. It is far easier for a new dental practice to achieve HIPAA compliance than an existing one. With a new practice, there are no ingrained practices to train your staff to cease using and you do not have to rewrite processes and procedures relating to storage, dissemination, and security of health records.

Latest HIPAA Rules

The final omnibus rule greatly enhances privacy protections while providing individuals with new rights to their health information. It also strengthens the government’s ability to enforce the law. The public now enjoys the guaranteed protection of their protected health information. The changes announced in the latest HIPAA rules expand many of the requirements to business associates that receive protected health information. Penalties were increased to a maximum of $1,500,000 per violation. Patient rights were expanded by allowing patients to request a copy of their electronic medical record in an electronic form. If a patient pays cash, they have the right to request that information from that visit not be disclosed to their health insurer. It also defined more rules and set limits on how information is used and disclosed for marketing and fundraising purposes as well as prohibits the sale of patients protected health information without their permission. It is important to have read and acted on HIPAA 5010, which includes regulations on the electronic transmission of certain records relating to healthcare claims and payments, health insurance payroll deductions, benefits enrollment and others.

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