Expanded service offering provides HIPAA compliance education, alignment, and guidance to business partners of healthcare providers.
Belleville, Mich., – June 7, 2011 – Applied Technology Methods and Practices (ATMP Solutions), a healthcare technology and compliance consulting group, announced today its expanded services to help healthcare Business Associates comply with HIPAA regulations.
Under the HITECH breach laws that came into effect in February of 2009, Business Associates have new responsibilities if they work with healthcare providers. Organizations that provide services to a Healthcare provider, also called Covered Entities, and/or have access to their customers’ Protected Health Information (PHI), are considered a Business Associate. The Business Associate must abide by all of the rules of the Covered Entities they service. This means they must be HIPAA compliant.
“Because of the tightened regulations, healthcare providers are, more frequently, requesting proof of HIPAA compliance from their Business Associates. Those Business Associates that can prove HIPAA compliance present a higher level of credibility and competitive advantage in the Healthcare Industry. Our solutions reduce costs and time, while increasing awareness,” said Joe Dylewski, principal of ATMP Solutions, a certified HIPAA compliance organization.
ATMP Solutions has a proven model to guide Business Associates in meeting HIPAA standards and implementing the appropriate management practices and policies that contribute to compliance. In addition, ATMP Solutions enables clients to implement an automated compliance management process resulting in a cost-effective and comprehensive solution.
The HIPAA Business Associate Compliance Assessment is an accurate and thorough analysis of an organization’s current compliance status. This includes a deep examination of exposure and visibility a business partner may have to a providers Protected Health Information. ATMP Solutions conducts a Gap Analysis and assists in developing a remediation plan that leads to compliance.
ATMP Solutions’ experience in HIPAA compliance, healthcare, and Information Technology provides key ingredients in the continuous process of compliance and monitoring. ATMP Solutions provides a comprehensive solution that quickly and cost-effectively enables governance, risk management and compliance.
The HITECH Act, adopted in 2009, builds on the privacy and security rules and criteria to further address risks. With the passage of the HITECH, additional emphasis was placed on the responsibility of healthcare entities and their business partners who have visibility to Protected Health Information to insure that the data is held safe and secure and the response to incidents are effectively managed.
Refined regulations were specified in the Federal HITECT Act, including increased fines, enforcement and media exposure for breaches of patient and business information. “Healthcare providers and their business partners are under increased internal and external scrutiny to comply with HIPAA regulations and understand their risk. Business Associates play a significant role in the security and privacy of Protected Health Information. For best results, we recommend Business Associates partner with, knowledgeable, qualified and certified HIPAA specialists,” said Dylewski.
About ATMP Solutions
Applied Technology Methods and Practices (ATMP Solutions), a Michigan based company, has a proven model to assist health care providers, payers, and Business Associates in implementing effective HIPAA management practices. ATMP President Joe Dylewski, a Certified HIPAA Security Specialist. , has been involved in Information Technology Leadership for more than 25 years. He has
advised executives of small and large companies on developing and implementing HIPAA compliance and Information Technology strategies. For more information, visit ATMP Solution’s web site at www.atmpgroup.com.