Hughes Virtual Privacy Office Launches HIPAA Privacy Consulting Services

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Hughes Virtual Privacy Office recently launched customized privacy consulting services to assist organizations that want to make sure they are in compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Organizations should assess and address HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance now rather than waiting for a letter from HHS to arrive,

Hughes Virtual Privacy Office recently launched services tailored to meet the needs of small to medium sized U.S. health care providers, health plans, clearinghouses, and their business associates. Hughes Virtual Privacy Office performs an onsite assessment, identifying gaps between the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, other federal and state privacy laws, and the organization’s actual privacy practices. Hughes Virtual Privacy Office then facilitates an action plan with engagement stakeholders to discuss, prioritize and address those gaps.

Based on the action plan developed, Hughes Virtual Privacy Office then provides just the follow-up privacy consulting services the client needs.

“Assuring the privacy and security of patient health information is the right thing to do,” says Gwen Hughes, Principal. “However, the federal government recently began using stimulus money to audit organizations that must comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Organizations that do not perform well could ultimately find themselves being fined thousands or millions of dollars for noncompliance with one or more standards. Identifying and addressing gaps before the government conducts an audit and potentially levies a fine makes financial sense.”

Hughes Virtual Privacy Office is based in Bozeman, Montana. It’s Principal, Gwen Hughes, RHIA, CHP has been managing health information and helping organizations ensure its privacy and security for over thirty five years. Hughes Virtual Privacy Office can be reached at (406) 587-5361, at ghughes(dot)vpo(at)gmail(dot)com or from its web site at


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