Health Information Management

Case study: Create a culture of HIPAA compliance

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 28, 2009

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You’re a HIPAA expert and a trainer in a hospital, which means two things are certain: You stress because you train nearly every staff member within your organization at least once annually, and you know they probably hate every minute of it.

HIPAA may not be fun to teach, learn, or execute because of its complexity, but it needn’t be boring. It can be tolerable, and, if you’re good at your job, interesting and thought-provoking as well.

This requires some creativity on your part and investment by your organization, says Brandon Ho, HIPAA compliance specialist at Pacific Regional Medical Command and Tripler Army Medical Center, part of the Military Health System, in Honolulu.

"It essentially comes down to this: You can take care of things beforehand or you can spend your time mitigating a complaint, dealing with an HHS audit, or deal with attorneys and lawsuits," Ho says. "You’re going to pay one way or the other."

Editor’s note: To learn more about HIPAA compliance or to purchase a copy of this article for $10, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Health Information Compliance Insider have access to this article in the August issue.



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