Sometimes what looks easy is quite complex. Take, for example, the Healthcare Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act.
It has been around since 1996 but many DMEs still may not understand how important it is to follow certain principles to maintain accreditation.
As I was perusing the Internet, I came across an important-to-read healthcare blog by Steve DeGenero, Director of Survey Services, for Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA), Waterloo, Iowa.
In his blog, DeGenero emphasizes the importance of “maintaining secure medical records.” Companies should have policies and procedures for dealing with the protection of patient records, controlling who at the company has access to the records, how records are stored, and how and when information is disclosed to outside entities.
DeGenero suggests conducting a quick self-audit of your business to ensure you are compliant, paying careful attention to the following common challenges:
HQAA, Inc. is based in Waterloo, Iowa. It specializes in healthcare accreditation for DMEs and HMEs. Parts of this article were reprinted with permission of HQAA, Inc.