Five steps to protect your organization from HIPAA audits

Neda Mirafzali
Behavioral healthcare  
Violations of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), are serious business for behavioral health professionals. It is not uncommon for such violations to cost healthcare providers more than $1 million in penalties or settlements. Until recently, such settlements and penalties arose almost exclusively from patient complaints alleging compromised protected health information. Now, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other behavioral health practitioners
more » ... ealth practitioners must be wary of a new source -the HIPAA audit. The audits are made possible under Section
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