The clock is ticking. Covered Entities and Business Associates – and their Subcontractors – have a mere six months to bring their HIPAA and HITECH programs into compliance with the new requirements. -- Bob Chaput, CEO & Founder, Clearwater Compliance
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) April 01, 2013
Clearwater Compliance CEO Bob Chaput today announced completion of a comprehensive software update to reflect the myriad of changes in the Omnibus Final Rule (OFR) promulgated by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January. The OFR regulations are effective March 26, 2013 and, excluding special dates allowed for Business Associate Agreements, compliance is required by September 23, 2013.
“The clock is ticking,” Chaput said. “Covered Entities and Business Associates – and their Subcontractors – have a mere six months to bring their HIPAA and HITECH programs into compliance with the new requirements, or risk the liability associated with increased fines and penalties. HHS has made it abundantly clear that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will be increasing their enforcement efforts through new audits and the expected increase in complaint-driven investigations for “willful neglect” mandated by OFR.
“Our comprehensive SaaS software, embedded with the OCR Audit Protocol and now the OFR requirements, continues to be the answer for organizations wishing to operationalize their compliance program,” Chaput added.
The newly updated software includes the Company’s industry-leading compliance assessments for the HIPAA Security, Privacy and Breach Notification Rules which simulate the OCR Audit Protocol by asking, for each implementation specification and requirement in the regulations these three questions:
(1) Do you have policies and procedures that address this requirement?
(2) Are you practicing, enforcing those procedures? AND
(3) Are they reasonable and appropriate for your organization?
Together, these solutions facilitate the process for every organization in health care, or for those servicing the health care market, to take the critical step to identify gaps in current compliance programs and generate remediation steps to assure compliance with the new regulations. Clearwater’s existing clients will automatically see the “redline” updates for the OFR in their software by accessing their customer portal. Interested prospective customers can request a free demonstration and a free trial of Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment and/or Clearwater HIPAA Privacy and Breach Notification Assessment here.