Law firms interested in working with PHI data need to first ensure that their entire organization, as well as any associates or vendors, will meet all HIPAA requirements.
The importance of adhering to HIPAA regulations is nothing new to lawyers and law firms that work with medical providers and insurance companies. However, HIPAA, in its restrictions, is causing new challenges to law firms. One of the largest challenges faced by small firms that are growing into large organizations is establishing firm-wide HIPAA compliance that extends to the firm’s chosen technological solutions and third party vendors. This challenge will be further enhanced as HIPAA restrictions and regulations become even more stringent.
An Overview Of HIPAA Restrictions
The HIPAA privacy rule applies to a multitude of covered entities including, medical providers and insurance companies. These entities often work with third parties, such as lawyers or law firms. In the latter instances, the privacy rule will allow the covered entities to share Personal Health Information (PHI) with the third parties. When the law firms receive the PHI data they must ensure that they remain compliant with all HIPAA regulations. The compliance of law firms also extends to any third party that is associated with the specific firm; for example, IT providers, third-party backup vendors, or cloud providers.
To ensure that the firm, and each of its employees, remains HIPAA compliant the following safeguards should be implemented:
The Bottom Line: Law Firms Need To Remain HIPAA Compliant At All Times When Handling PHI
It is no secret that the federal government has become increasingly stringent regarding HIPAA compliance. With the potential of a $1.5 Million fine, law firms need to ensure that they remain compliant at all times by working with a trusted technology provider who can ensure that physical, technical, and administrative safeguards are met. To protect your law firm and its associates from violating HIPAA regulations, contact the technology experts at Nexus IT located in Salt Lake City via firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 839-7006.