Behavioral Health Compliance: Making It Easy for Providers and Agencies
HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus, PCI regulations – these are words that can strike fear into the heart of any Behavioral Health organization. They don’t need to as we found after speaking with our guest today on Mental Health News Radio. We sat down with Marc Haskelson, the President and CEO of Compliancy Group, to find out how easy compliance can be.
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Health care professionals focusing on behavioral health are in a particularly tough spot when it comes to maintaining their patients’ trust while also engaging in reporting and documentation processes that may seem to undermine the foundation of this trust. And it only becomes more complicated once HIPAA regulation comes into play with specific protections in place that health care professionals need to deal with.
“What we’re seeing is a conflict between the promulgation of EHRs in the field of behavioral health and the duties that clincians have to their patients,” said Marc Haskelson, President and CEO of Compliancy Group. “Some of the systems in place are tremendously ineffective at providing clincians with the support they deserve when it comes to dealing with EHRs, and this lack of guidance is precisely where the trouble with maintaining HIPAA compliance can begin.”
Questions we asked on the show are listed below:
What is the difference between HIPAA and Meaningful Use (MU) ?
Do I have to attest for Meaningful Use? What If I don’t attest?
Who is considered a Vendor or a Business Associate?
I am now accepting Medicare, does that put me at a higher risk for an audit just like everyone else?
If I completed a Risk Assessment last year, do I have to do it again this year?
Is there an insurance policy available that helps an entity with HIPAA fines?
What triggers an audit? How do they know that they should audit you?
Has your software solution ever been involved where an actual audit was being done by either CMS or OCR?
If an EHR vendor or billing agency, as an example, are not following HIPAA compliance where can one go to report these actions?
Marc Haskelson is the President and CEO of Compliancy Group. He has over 25 years of sales, marketing, and operational leadership experience, having held executive positions at Hearst Publications, Experian, and AT&T. He works with innovators to bring new products and solutions to market, utilizing his knowledge of fulfillment, customer care, compliance, and payment processing to consistently deliver rapid profitable growth. Melding direct marketing, sales, and entrepreneurial management, Marc’s experience with technology and operational execution has grown revenues from start-up to $150MM.
Compliancy Group gives anyone the ability to simplify the growing challenges of HIPAA compliance, whether they are an experienced health care professional with compliance expertise or a practice manager without any formal training. Compliancy Group’s The Guard is a simple, cost-effective, web-based compliance solution that can help any organization regulate and monitor all aspects of their HIPAA compliance throughout their entire practice. With Compliancy Group, health care professionals are guided by a team of Compliance Coaches to Achieve, Illustrate, and Maintain compliance under the full spectrum of HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus, and PCI regulations.
Visit http://www.compliancy-group.com to learn how simple compliance can be.