Enforcement actions against providers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights to uphold patient rights to access their health information are increasingly common. CDA members benefit from an array of resources to support compliance efforts.
Patient care is your priority. As you know, a great deal of work goes on behind the scenes in any dental practice to ensure that quality, ethical care is being offered. For many dentists, compliance is one of the most intimidating of these behind-the-scenes tasks. Dentists often underestimate what HIPAA requires and the time needed to manage and review associated policies and procedures.
As the CDA Newsroom recently reported, enforcement actions against providers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to uphold patient rights to access their health information are increasingly common. Recent investigations have brought the number of penalized cases up to 41 as of September 2022.
While not all 41of these cases are against dentists, those against dentists have been costly. Earlier this year, five of the cases involving dental practices were settled for a total of $170,000.
Understanding that HIPAA compliance is essential to the health of your dental practice, CDA has resources available to help our members achieve and understand compliance.
Make sure to utilize available guidance and tools from CDA so that your practice can avoid the cost and difficulty of a HIPAA compliance violation.