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Compliancy Group has announced the appointment of a new, experienced healthcare attorney and legal researcher who has been tasked with helping to simplify the complex requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to make them more understandable to the company’s clients and the public at large.
Daniel Lebovic, a graduate of Emory University School of Law, will join Compliancy Group’s Content Management Team. Lebovic has a background in healthcare law and translating complex legal documents into written content that can be easily understood by individuals without a legal background.
Much has changed in healthcare over the last 20 years since HIPAA was enacted. Ensuring continued compliance with HIPAA as work practices change and new technology is introduced can be a major challenge, one that requires a thorough understanding of the nuances of HIPAA.
HIPAA contains a set of standards for healthcare organizations of all sizes, from single doctor practices to the nation’s largest health systems and health insurers but it does not say how those standards should be achieved and in many cases requirements are unclear.
For example, the HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities to maintain “reasonable and appropriate” administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for protecting e-PHI. Risk must also be reduced to a “reasonable and appropriate” level. Determining what is “reasonable and appropriate” can be difficult. Unfortunately, the consequences of a misjudgment can be severe.
This is where Lebovic’s expertise will be invaluable. Lebovic has been tasked with creating educational content for healthcare organizations that breaks down the complexities of HIPAA and makes it clear what healthcare organizations must do to comply.
“HIPAA regulation was not designed with an eye toward being comprehensive to the average person. With my new role I hope to breakdown what the regulations say into actionable advice to help the healthcare market better understand and adhere to HIPAA,” said Lebovic.