Would Your Organization Pass a HIPAA Quiz?
When it comes to assessing your HIPAA compliance, tools exist to help you find out where your behavioral health practice stands. HHS has a free risk assessment toolkit that you can use, and options like a HIPAA quiz or HIPAA exam will give you even more options to find out the status of your compliance.
Before even taking a HIPAA quiz or exam though, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of HIPAA regulation.
HIPAA regulation is composed of a set of national standards meant to safeguard the privacy, security, and integrity of protected health information (PHI). PHI is any demographic information that can be used to identify a patient. Common examples of PHI include name, date of birth, address, phone number, full facial photo, Social Security number, financial information, insurance ID, and medical records, to name a few.
So before you take a HIPAA quiz or exam, take stock of what your behavioral health practice is doing in regards to the maintenance of PHI. Some sample questions you can ask yourself include:
- Are you currently using an electronic health records platform to maintain PHI?
- Do you have policies and procedures in place outlining the use, transmission, and storage of PHI?
- Are your employees trained on how to properly handle and access PHI?
- Do you have physical, technical, and administrative safeguards in place to protect PHI?
- Have you vetted your vendors to assess the status of their HIPAA compliance?
- Do you conduct security risk assessments to identify potential risks to PHI?
After you have assessed some of the protections you have in place in your behavioral health organization, you can find a HIPAA quiz, HIPAA assessment, or HIPAA exam that will give you a sense for where you stand in regards to the federal requirements. HIPAA regulation is a complex series of standards meant to keep patient data safe from data breaches and fines. And with ransomware and malware incidents striking health care organizations across the country, the time to assess the status of your HIPAA compliance is now!
If you need assistance with HIPAA compliance, consider working with our TBHI affiliate, the HIPAA Compliancy Group. (When you purchase services from them, TBHI will be paid a small commission.) They can help you support your HIPAA compliance with The Guard®. The Guard is a web-based HIPAA compliance solution, built by former auditors to help simplify compliance. The Guard is built to address the HIPAA regulations, including guided walkthroughs of HIPAA Risk Assessments. With The Guard, you can focus on running your practice while keeping your patients’ data protected and secure.Compliancy Group’s team of expert Compliance Coaches® can also field questions and guide you through the implementation process, taking the stress out of managing compliance. Find out more about how Compliancy Group and the HIPAA Seal of Compliance® can help simplify your HIPAA compliance today!
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