Even after years of living with HIPAA and its many requirements, healthcare providers still labor under misconceptions that could lead to noncompliance penalties, says Gary Nelson, healthcare practice leader of Schellman & Company, a security and privacy compliance assessor in Tampa, FL.
“Odds are that you have probably encountered a healthcare provider with a sign referring to the rules they must follow for ‘HIPPA regulations,’” Nelson says. “H-I-P-P-A instead of H-I-P-A-A. It’s usually a safe bet that if the individuals responsible for a provider’s healthcare compliance have not read the regulations closely enough to use the correct acronym, there’s a pretty good chance that there are some misunderstandings in how to apply the regulations to their practice or organization.”
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