On January 1st of any given year, most people take on the mentality of "out with the old and in with the new". This sentiment should ring just as true with your healthcare facility and its practices. Although your policies and procedures may have been up-to-date at the beginning of the last year, you may be surprised to discover that you've now fallen out of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Many changes were made to HIPAA regulations in 2013, and in order to avoid violations, it's important that you review these updates agains your own practices.
Old habits may die hard, but this doesn't come without consequence. After the enforcement of the Final HITECH Omnibus Rule in September of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is cracking down on violators harder than ever.