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HIPAA Risk Management


HIPAA risk analysis and risk management plans serve as tools to assist in the development of a covered entity or business associate's strategy to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. Risk management encompasses three processes: risk assessment, risk mitigation, evaluation and assessment. Risk analysis, ongoing risk management, and routine information system reviews are the cornerstones of an effective HIPAA security compliance program. Proper security measures and policies help mitigate potential risk to patient information.

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Meaningful Use Attestation


In 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to encourage Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU), and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT).

The EHR Incentive Programs consist of three stages:
•Stage 1 set the foundation for the EHR Incentive Programs by establishing requirements for the electronic capture of clinical data, including providing patients with electronic copies of health information.
•Stage 2 expanded upon the Stage 1 criteria with a focus on advancing clinical processes and ensuring that the meaningful use of EHRs supported the aims and priorities of the National Quality Strategy. Stage 2 criteria encouraged the use of CEHRT for continuous quality improvement at the point of care and the exchange of information in the most structured format possible.
•In October 2015, CMS released a final rule that modified Stage 2 to ease reporting requirements and align with other quality reporting programs. The final rule also established Stage 3 in 2017 and beyond, which focuses on using CEHRT to improve health outcomes.

A HIPAA Risk Analysis is part of the meaningful use requirements. We have assisted many medical practices in meeting these requirements as well as assistance during a meaningful use audit. Contact us today!