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Most dental practices are HIPAA-covered entities and are required to comply with the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Patients are increasingly aware of the need for HIPAA compliance, and with cyberattacks on the healthcare industry increasing, full compliance with the HIPAA Rules has never been more important.
To ensure that no aspect of HIPAA compliance was overlooked, Rhinelander, Wisconsin-based Northwoods Family Dental followed a recommendation of the American Dental Alliance, partnered with Compliancy Group, and used its HIPAA methodology to ensure the practice was fully compliant.
Compliancy Group has developed a 6-stage HIPAA risk analysis and remediation process, with clients able to use its proprietary HIPAA compliance software solution – The Guard – to track progress throughout their compliance journey. After following the program, Compliancy Group’s compliance coaches assessed Northwoods Family Dental’s HIPAA program and recently confirmed that Northwoods Family Dental has created an effective compliance program and was fully compliant with the standards of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA Security Rule, HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and the HITECH Act.
Northwoods Family Dental’s good faith effort toward compliance saw the small family dental practice awarded the HIPAA Seal of Compliance, which demonstrates to current and prospective patients that the practice is committed to ensuring the privacy and security of patients’ protected health information.
“Our company is proud to have completed advanced HIPAA training to help further protect our patients and learn about the importance of patient privacy to help achieve high-quality care,” said Northwoods Family Dental “As a small-town family practice continues to grow, we want to ensure the practice and patients have the best experience by having technology but also protecting patient’s health information to a high degree. We look forward to serving our community!”