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American Addiction Centers Confirmed as HIPAA Compliant

American Addiction Centers (AAC), a network of treatment centers for individuals struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues, has recently been confirmed as having achieved compliance with all of the necessary standards of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Breach Notification Rule, Omnibus Rule, and the HITECH Act.

To confirm compliance with the HIPAA Rules, AAC worked with Compliancy Group and used the company’s proven HIPAA compliance methodology to ensure that policies and procedures were developed and implemented that met and exceeded the minimum regulatory standards of the HIPAA Rules, all risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patients’ protected health information were identified and reduced to a low and acceptable level, and that all of the necessary documentation was created to demonstrate the company was fully compliant with all federally mandated standards for privacy and security.

After completing that process, tracking progress using Compliancy Group’s proprietary HIPAA compliance software solution – the Guard, AAC’s compliance program and good faith effort toward HIPAA compliance was assessed by Compliancy Group’s HIPAA subject matter experts, who awarded AAC the HIPAA Seal of Compliance. The HIPAA Seal of Compliance is awarded to HIPAA-covered entities and business associates that complete the HIPAA compliance program, demonstrate they are fully compliant with the HIPAA Rules, and have an ongoing HIPAA compliance program to ensure continued compliance.

“This seal serves as a symbol of AAC’s commitment to our patients to protect their privacy, which can be particularly important for those struggling with addiction and mental health conditions where stigma is still a barrier to accessing care,” said Tom Britton, American Addiction Centers CEO. “We are also proud to be among the first in the addiction industry to have this third-party verification to demonstrate the effectiveness of our compliance program with federal standards.”

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Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.