In 2019, over 750 healthcare providers were hit with an unprecedented barrage of ransomware attacks. Reflecting this risk-filled environment, H.R. 7898 (HIPAA Safe Harbor bill) was formally signed into law on January 5th. This bill amends the HITECH Act. It requires that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) incentivize organizations that implement the best cybersecurity practices known to meet their HIPAA obligations.

HIPAA Safe Harbor protections recognized that even if organizations implemented best security practices they might not prevent cyberattacks. Thus, it provides protections for those that have implemented appropriate security measures, along with demonstratable results, during the last 12 months.

Creating, assessing, and maintaining HIPAA-related documentation that meets the appropriate requirements and proof is hard to achieve.

Could your Practice prove that your security measures were adequately in place for the last 12 months? Does your self-assessment audits, policies and procedures, risk management documentation, and security measures comply?

Let us help you mitigate your risks.

Mrs. Cherisa Chapa, ASBC® is the founder and head task master (Project Manager and Business Analyst) for Recharge Digital Consultants. She is a driven digital technology enthusiast with over twenty-five years of education and experience in information technology, business, and marketing. Mrs. Chapa is an Accredited Small Business Consultant, a member of the American Marketing Association, and a Professional Member of the American Health Information Management Association. When she isn’t geeking out, she enjoys the companionship of her loving husband, raising two energetic fast-growing boys, cuddling with her elderly tabby, and engaging in various nerdy pursuits.

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