HIPAA requires that you have a Business Associate Agreement with business partners that you contract with to provide services if they access, use or disclose PHI. For example, for accounting, billing, legal, risk management and information technology services. Accordingly, we will help you identify business associates and assist with obtaining business associate agreements. We can help protect your organization from HIPAA issues related to the actions of Business Associates and decrease risk to your organization.
A Gap Analysis is geared to identify those areas where an organization does not comply with the regulatory standards of HIPAA and anesthesia compliance. Moreover, the gap analysis can give anesthesia groups, covered entities or business associates an overall view of their compliance efforts. A gap analysis is not the same as a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis, which is focused on electronic PHI. However, this may be the best way of analyzing of policies, procedures and safeguards that are in place and to learn if your organization could withstand an audit of its program by the Office for Civil Rights or the OIG.