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Had a Business Associate Tell You They’re HIPAA Certified?

Had a Business Associate Tell You They’re HIPAA Certified?

3/15/2018 2:39:18 PM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 62
 Many vendors would like HIPAA certification to confirm they are fully compliant with HIPAA Rules and understand all aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but is it possible to obtain HIPAA certification to confirm HIPAA compliance?

Many companies claim they have been certified as HIPAA compliant or in some cases, that they are ‘HIPAA Certified’. However, ‘HIPAA Certified’ is a misnomer. There is no official, legally recognized HIPAA compliance certification process or accreditation.

 Potential business associates of healthcare practitioners often undergo audits by third-party HIPAA compliance experts to confirm that their products, services, policies, and procedures meet HIPAA standards. The audits are useful for peace of mind as they confirm HIPAA compliance. However, there are no “officially recognized” companies that offer such services, and certifications from external auditors and assessors have no legal standing. Audits only confirm that technical, physical, and administrative safeguards and company policies and procedures meet HIPAA requirements at the time of the audit.
 
HIPAA compliance is an ongoing process. An organization may be determined to be in compliance with HIPAA Rules today, but that does not mean that they will be tomorrow or at some point in the future.

(Excerpted from HIPAA Journal)

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