HIPAA Compliance in Senior Living
Healthcare is going more digital by the day, particularly in senior care. Obtaining and maintaining HIPAA compliance is an ongoing cybersecurity role, which senior care organizations may consider outsourcing. At vcpi, we understand the unique HIPAA challenges in home health and assisted living, and how they differ from brick and mortar healthcare companies. For example, the Covered Entity must educate all employees, including home health workers, on how to remain HIPAA compliant. Home health employees who use their own devices are at greater risk of loss and theft. It is unsafe to allow personal device use for agency work unless proper security measures are implemented.
The scope of vcpi's HIPAA Security Assessment (HSA) details the enterprise-wide administrative, physical, and technical controls that protect a company’s Protected Health Information (PHI) in multiple forms.
Typically, our team visits client sites and conducts phone calls to obtain information for the HSA, which includes their existing cybersecurity documentation. We analyze the technical, administrative and physical security controls, assigning risk levels to each as well as recommendations for improvement. Our reports also present the client’s current compliance levels based on the HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH Act.
Note: These reports are not intended to make a statement or declaration on the client’s overall compliance with HIPAA Security Rule, HITECH Act or any other applicable regulations. Compliance statements are the clients’ and appropriate regulatory enforcement authority’s responsibility.
Our HIPAA Security Assessment (HSA) leverages the HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH Act requirements to assemble a baseline of security control objectives.
Vcpi works with clients to perform the following:
- Obtain necessary documentation
- Complete assessment paperwork
- On-site visits
- Identify, discuss and follow up on findings
First, our team assesses the client's existing documentation, including company policies, standards, procedures and related Information Security governance documents. We record every piece that satisfies control objectives in the HSA.
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Founded in 2000, vcpi is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisc. and is privately held by Agility Holdings, LLC. The team at vcpi helps care providers best serve their employees, residents and patients by removing technology distractions with outsourced IT support rooted in the unique world of senior living. vcpi offers a range of services focused on senior living organizations including managed cloud hosting, security & access management, US based 24/7 service desk, IT consulting, network management and more. To learn more, please visit vcpi.com.