With the regular and much needed update to critical standards such as HIPAA, auditors and compliance experts need to be continuously on their toes to review and acquaint themselves with these new developments. One of the latest such updates is the Health Information Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Enforcement rule, which has caused quite a stir in the industry due to confusion about its applicability. To set certain things clear, HIPAA Enforcement will not be applicable as long as organizations value the privacy and security of the Protected Health Information (PHI) of their customers while also abiding by the HIPAA compliance requirements. For businesses in the healthcare industry, HIPAA compliance is essential.
HIPAA Enforcement Rules apply when an organization fails to follow the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. There are significant consequences for HIPAA violations. HIPAA is enforced through various enforcement actions dictated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).