HIPAA is full of rules, exceptions to rules, and exceptions to exceptions. No wonder that many practitioners and office managers find it daunting to navigate through the regulations and generate a comprehensive plan. The fact that HIPAA rules keep changing make it a full-time endeavor to keep current on HIPAA.
At the same time, it will be incumbent on practices, health plans and other organizations to implement HIPAA regulations and incorporate them into daily operations. HIPAAssociates has developed a structured approach which provides the necessary training, tools and support to get healthcare organizations up to speed quickly, assess the gaps in their HIPAA compliance, and develop a comprehensive plan to implement the regulations. Each step in our process has been carefully designed to gather data for the assessment, provide information where it's needed, communicate requirements in easy-to-understand terms, and provide our clients with the necessary tools to implement the regulations.
Our approach borrows from the one promulgated by the WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange) SNIP (Strategic National Implementation Process):
Step 1: Awareness (Education and Training)
Step 2: Assessment (Gap Analysis)
Step 3: Development (Plan and Action Item List)
Step 4: Implementation (Procedures, Technologies and Ongoing Training)
By using a structured approach, a divide-and-conquer strategy and allowing for enough time to plan and implement, HIPAA can be a very manageable process.