MORRISTOWN, NJ – AUGUST 21, 2014 – HIPAA Secure Now! rolled out its EHR (electronic health records) partnership program, making it possible for EHR vendors to now offer their customers a HIPAA security risk assessment, a vital requirement for achieving meaningful use.
HIPAA Secure Now! provides risk analysis services, policies, procedures and training to medical practices throughout the U.S. The company assesses the risks of storing and transmitting electronic protected health information (ePHI) from each system and device used by the practice.
HIPAA Secure Now! has begun adding new EHR vendor partnerships. One partner, TRAKnet targets podiatrists with its EHR solution. Nearly 200 TRAKnet customers have completed HIPAA Secure Now’s risk assessment program, which identifies and documents ePHI threats and vulnerabilities, and recommends safeguards to avoid the risks of a data breach.
“A HIPAA risk assessment is one requirement that is beyond the capabilities of our software,” said John Guiliana, executive vice president, marketing and sales for TRAKnet “HIPAA Secure Now! fills a gap sorely needed by our clients.”
CMS Changes Rules, Lowers Bar for Healthcare Providers…
Under a new rule from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), healthcare providers that received financial incentives for meaningful use were granted flexibility to use earlier versions of their CEHRT (certified electronic health record technology) and demonstrate that they have met certain stage one and two core objectives, including a HIPAA security risk assessment. Under CMS guidelines providers must attest for meaningful use over 90 consecutive days within the 2014 reporting period. The next reporting period ends September 30, 2014.
“As the CMS rules are changing we’re helping clients of our EHR partners get the risk assessment piece done before the quarter ends,” said Art Gross, CEO of HIPAA Secure Now! “EHR companies know their clients are looking for a solution for meaningful use risk assessments. Using our cost effective, pain-free program clients can avoid the risk of failing a meaningful use audit and having to return incentive money.”
While providers must implement specific features of their EHR and achieve more than 15 core objectives and measures, a HIPAA security risk assessment is the one objective that falls outside EHR functionality. It applies to stage one and stage two, with the added requirement of addressing encryption of patient data, and is fundamental to meaningful use attestation.
Providers must complete their risk assessment by September 30th to attest for the third quarter and receive 2014 incentive payments. Through HIPAA Secure Now’s partnership with EHR vendors, clients can attest to meaningful use, pass HIPAA compliance audits and hold on to their incentive money.
About HIPAA Secure Now!
HIPAA Secure Now! has been helping clients comply with the HIPAA Security Rule since 2009. The company’s all-in-one solution provides risk assessment, which also satisfies Meaningful Use requirements, as well as privacy and security policies and procedures, and training. HIPAA Secure Now! moves customers toward HIPAA compliance quickly and easily, and protects them in the event of an audit. Customers complete the entire process in two to three hours, and regularly comment that it is painless and has made HIPAA compliance very easy. For more information visit www.HIPAASecureNow.com.