Health Information Management

Keep on top of security to stay HIPAA compliant

Briefings on HIPAA, April 1, 2008

Until 2008, a visit from the tooth fairy seemed more likely than a visit from a HIPAA auditor to conduct a security compliance review. This is no longer the case. The federal government expects every organization to follow its security requirements and is stepping up its enforcement efforts to ensure that this is the case. Organizations have had time to do what is necessary to comply with HIPAA, but the unfortunate truth is that many would not fare well in a HIPAA audit. "Many [organizations] aren't on top of this. I find that to be a big problem," says Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR.

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