Where can I get resources to help meet the Sept. 23 HIPAA compliance deadline?

Q: Where can I get resources to help meet the Sept. 23 HIPAA compliance deadline?

A: Dermatologists can face serious penalties if they do not comply with new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provisions by Sept. 23, 2013. Practices can be audited for violations and may have to pay steep fines for their non-compliance. The new rule sets forth a fine structure where practices would pay — based on the degree of their willful neglect — up to $250,000 per violation and face imprisonment for up to 10 years.

The Academy has compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provides answers to your most pressing HIPAA concerns.

Find out answers to more than 25 questions, including, “When must a covered entity’s staff receive training on the privacy rule?” and “If a patient refuses to sign an authorization form, can you refuse to treat the patient?”

In addition to this in-depth FAQ document, the Academy provides the following resources:

  • The Academy’s HIPAA manual titled, “A Guide to HIPAA and HITECH for Dermatology.” This manual contains a model business associate agreement, model notice of privacy practice form, breach notification requirements, other guidelines, tools, and worksheets explaining all of the new HIPAA regulations. You can order the manual online or by calling the AAD’s Member Resource Center at (866) 503-SKIN (7546).
  • The Academy’s series of educational recordings on HIPAA focused on the new regulations, as well as the privacy and security requirements. Train all of your practice staff on the new changes and ongoing HIPAA requirements at www.aad.org/webinars.
  • The Academy’s HIPAA Web page at www.aad.org/hipaa to get an overview of the new regulations and any upcoming changes.
  • In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created case study examples and resolution agreements to help physicians comply with HIPAA.

Email the Member to Member editor at members@aad.org.

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