Does Your Medical Transcription Company Protect HIPAA Information Above What Is Required?

Does your medical transcription company only comply with the “bare” essentials of HIPAA law requirements and not go above and beyond this level protecting health information? If so, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Violations of the requirements under the law resulting in monetary penalties are increasing.
Examples: “Cignet Health Fined a $4.3 M Civil Money Penalty for HIPAA Privacy Rule Violations” (U.S. DHS).

“Lincare set to pay $240,000 HIPAA penalty” (February 5, 2016, Kevin McCarthy, in Mue MD).
…”[in] 2016 DHS is stepping up their audits. These audits are imminent and practices will receive letters to advise them of upcoming audits. Practices may only have from 10 to 14 days to respond with the requested information. In addition, the focus will be on small practices as opposed to large health care systems” (Marianne Harper, CEO of The Art of Practice Management, January 20, 2016, Dentistry IQ).

As you probably know, HIPAA protects individual medical records and other protected health information. Every employee, and the company itself, must know the compliance requirements. Under certain circumstances, individual employees who violate HIPAA receive penalties in the area of $50,000.

So, as you can see, being thoroughly trained in HIPAA compliance as an employee or entity is crucial for being violation free. If your company outsources its medical information transcription, you want it not only complying with but going above and beyond the “bare” requirements. Sunrise Transcription provides services to the medical industry, staying up with changes in the law and even exceeding the regulations. Please contact us for information about our services.