Physicians complying with guidelines established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are struggling to maintain compliance standards. The Final Omnibus Rule from HIPAA was issued in 2013, but some healthcare providers remain unaware of the associated policy updates. Currently, 36 percent of medical office professionals lack crucial understanding of HIPAA’s regulations, with an additional 33 percent failing to comprehend the audit strategies implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. The maximum HIPAA fines have increased to $50,000 per violation, capping at $1.5 million. To protect patients and remain financially stable, medical practices need to ensure their security measures and employees are up-to-date on HIPAA’s changes.
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