Publication

26 May 2017

HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules: Tools for Making Sure You Are In Compliance

Covered entities need to prioritize compliance with the HIPAA privacy and security rules.  HHS continues to enter into settlement agreements with covered entities regarding non-compliance.  For example, in April 2017, one covered entity paid $31,000 to HHS for failure to have a business associate agreement in place with its records storage vendor.  Also in April 2017, another covered entity paid $400,000 to HHS because it did not maintain a security management process to safeguard electronic protected health information.

Miller Johnson offers several tools to help clients with HIPAA compliance.  These compliance tools are primarily focused on employers in their capacity as health plan sponsors (as opposed to health care providers) and on business associates who provide support to employer health plans.  The tools include the following:

  • Workshops Miller Johnson will be offering half day HIPAA workshops on July 11, 2017 in Grand Rapids and July 13, 2017 in Kalamazoo regarding the HIPAA privacy and security rules.  Click here for more information and to register for the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo
  • Compliance kits We offer turnkey compliance kits to provide health plan sponsors and business associates of employer health plans with all the instructions and documents they need to comply with the HIPAA privacy and security rules.  Click on this link for more information https://millerjohnson.com/publication/hipaa-hitech-compliance-kit/
  • Training Video Finally, we offer a training video to assist employer health plan sponsors and business associates of employer health plans to train their workforce regarding each employee’s responsibilities under HIPAA.  Click on this link for more information https://millerjohnson.com/hipaa-training-videos-employer-sponsor-health-plans-business-associates/

If you have any questions, please contact the author or any member of the Employee Benefits Practice Group.  We look forward to being of service to you.