For health care providers, although complex, compliance with HIPAA is especially important. The federal government can impose severe sanctions on organizations found in violation of HIPAA. Federal regulations for meaningful use and MACRA/QPP also require participating providers to perform a security risk assessment each year to be eligible for incentives or bonuses.
The Kentucky REC can help with navigating HIPAA’s requirements to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and availability of patient information. We offer two services to aid health care organizations: Security Risk Analysis and Project Management services.
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WEEKLY HIPAA TIP
HIPAA Privacy & Security: Contingency Planning Series – Part 5
How Often Should Your Contingency Plan be Reviewed and Updated?
The HIPAA Security Rule requires that a Covered Entity or Business Associate performs a periodic technical and nontechnical evaluation, based initially upon the standards implemented under this rule and subsequently, in response to environmental or operational changes affecting the security of electronic protected health information, that establishes the extent to which an entity’s security policies and procedures meet the requirement of this subpart. CFR 164.308(a)(8)
Here are some recommended best practices for ensuring you have an effective Contingency Plan:
- Review Contingency Plan annually in conjunction with other HIPAA Security Policies & Procedures. Provide review/update dates on your Contingency Plan Policies.
- Ensure the plan is updated when you hire new staff, purchase new IT hardware/software or change locations.
- Periodically test the plan to make sure it works and retain documentation of when testing takes place.
Check out our Weekly HIPAA Tips next week for our new series.
This reminder is part of a series of HIPAA Security Reminders from the Kentucky Regional Extension Center. These reminders can be used by covered entities and business associates looking to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule’s CFR §164.308(a)(5)(ii)(A), which states, “Security reminders (Addressable). Periodic security updates.”
Feel free to share this with your workforce/staff to remind them of the importance of safeguarding protected health information (PHI), especially PHI that is in electronic form (ePHI). A new security reminder is posted at the beginning of each week. If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone at the REC about HIPAA Privacy and Security please contact us at Kentucky REC or call (859) 323-3090.