Changes in HIPPA Regulations Could Affect Millions; EMR Consulting Firm EMRSoap Prepares to Meet the Challenge

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Seattle-based health IT consulting firm, EMRSoap, warns small businesses about upcoming HIPPA regulation changes that could have tragic effects on unprepared businesses in the healthcare industry.

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Seattle-based Health IT Consulting firm EMRSoap has just finished updating their audit process to face the challenges presented by new changes in HIPPA regulations. These changes have the potential to impact millions connected to the health care industry. EMRSoap specializes in providing HIPPA Compliance consulting to small and medium sized medical practices and their business associates.

The changes in HIPAA regulation were released in January 2013. These updates are summarized in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. This rule becomes effective on March 26th 2013 and compliance will be required by September.

Some of the highlights of the HIPAA Omnibus Rules include making business associates of covered entities directly liable for compliance, expanding individual’s rights to receive electronic copies of their records, and strengthening restrictions on use and disclosure of protected health information.

EMRSoap has already begun helping business associates react to these changes. One EMRSoap employee expressed concern that small practitioners are more at risk than ever for financial penalties due to increased risk from business associates. The changes in HIPAA mean that covered health care providers stand to be fined thousands of dollars if they are found incompliant. Now, more than ever, it is vital that small providers protect themselves.

For the small firm that does not have an internal compliance team, EMRSoap can provide IT management and consulting that is needed to ensure compliance. EMRSoap has already published resources on understanding the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and establishing if your practice might be at risk.

Increasingly, the overhead associated with having an internal compliance team is hurting smaller business and practices. Flexible alternatives are urgently needed in the new system. Rather than run the risk of incompliance, EMRSoap gives small firms the regulatory experience needed to be compliant, tailored to fit the firm’s exact needs. They have experience working in heavily regulated industry and have the flexibility to help a variety of practitioners reach compliance through individualized solutions at a fraction of the cost of an internal staff.

EMRSoap, a division of CyberStreams Inc. was created in order to provide specialized Healthcare IT consulting for health care practitioners. EMRSoap aims to leverage CyberStream’s expertise working in highly regulated industry for the benefit of physician practices. CyberStreams Inc. has been providing IT consulting services to small businesses in the Seattle area and beyond since 1997.

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