HIPAA Compliance: Outsource PHI Security Safely With These 5 Steps

Mon, Mar 22, 2010

HIT Help Desk

Learn these facts before you nail down your HIPAA plan with a consultant.

You may be relieved to find a consultant who is willing to take over the overwhelming task of helping you protect the privacy in your medical records — but keep in mind that not all outsourced privacy protection companies are the same.

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with LifeLock, Inc., a company that offered identity protection services. “According to the lawsuit, LifeLock claimed its service would protect consumers against all forms of identity theft, when, in fact, LifeLock offered only limited protection against only some forms of ID theft,” the FTC’s statement noted regarding its $11 million settlement with LifeLock.

If you’d like help staying current with HIPAA privacy regulations, consider these tips before you outsource any of your privacy needs.

1. The Government Does Allow HIPAA Consultants. Practices that are gun-shy about asking for…

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