The new regulation is fundamentally a game-changer; there are significant new risks and liabilities for Business Associates, as well as more stringent penalties for non-compliance.
Nashville, Tenn (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
Clearwater Compliance CEO, Bob Chaput announced today that the company has released a free web-based software application that allows HIPAA Business Associates to assess their readiness to comply with the Act’s privacy and security rules and the HITECH Breach Notification Rule, all as amended by the Omnibus Rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services in January.
“The new regulation is fundamentally a game-changer,” Chaput said. “There are significant new risks and liabilities for Business Associates, as well as more stringent penalties for non-compliance.” All Business Associates must be in compliance with the new requirements by September 23, 2013.
“Using our Business Associate Omnibus ReadinessCheck™ application will enable Business Associates to determine their current status with respect to the new regulations as well as the steps they need to take to meet the September deadline. Organizations that access the site http://clearwatercompliance.com/business-associate-omnibus-readinesscheck/ and complete the questionnaire will receive a PDF customized report that can then be used to plan their program.
“We’re making ReadinessCheck™ available for free because we believe that all Business Associates should have a level playing field from which to plan their compliance efforts,” Chaput added. “How they choose to implement that plan and who they choose to help them are, of course, another matter.”
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Clearwater Compliance, LLC, is all about and only about helping healthcare organizations and their service providers become and remain HIPAA-HITECH Compliant. Owned and operated by veteran, C-suite health care executives, Clearwater Compliance provides comprehensive, by-the-regs software and tools, risk management solutions, training, and professional services for small medical practices and healthcare startups to major healthcare systems, health plans and Fortune 100 companies. Since 2003, the company has served more than 300 organizations (including 100 hospitals). Find out more at clearwatercompliance.com