In a post written on July 8, 2014, I referenced two companies that could assist your dental practice with the daunting and time consuming process of becoming HIPAA compliant. Today, I would like to add another recommendation for your consideration.
MedSafe has been providing compliance solutions for health professionals for over twenty years. What I find attractive about their model is that they offer their services on site. A MedSafe compliance consultant will come to your office and work face to face with your team. That could allow you to have your security risk analysis done with your IT person right there with you. They would also offer on site representation if and when you were ever audited by regulatory agencies or private payers.
As a MedSafe client you have easy on-line access to their website where you can download various essential forms such as business associate agreements, vendor confidentiality agreements, staff confidentiality agreements, and breach notification letters. These documents are automatically updated as regulations and policies change. MedSafe also serves a dual function of providing OSHA training and annual updates and certification. This service, of course, is totally separate from the HIPAA compliance program, but it is nice to have that opportunity for one stop shopping.
To find out more information about MedSafe and their pricing, you can contact Julie Sementa at 781-237-9700 Ext 124.
The overriding message I am trying to convey to all of my readers is to take this mandate to become HIPAA compliant seriously. So please make the calls – get the information – and then make the decision to commit to a program that will keep your practice safe and let you sleep nights!