The Most Common Health Care Compliance Mistakes

With so many compliance issues for health care providers to keep track of, it’s not surprising that mistakes are still all too common. These mistakes can lead to some significant fines and other types of penalties.

Here are some of the most common mistakes made by providers in regard to health care compliance:

  • Failing to keep an eye on infrastructure security. Just because you’ve never had a data breach on your network doesn’t mean it’ll never happen. It’s important to be proactive in the area of data security, which means performing network vulnerability assessments on a regular basis to find potential vulnerable spots in your network and patching them up before attackers have a chance to exploit them.
  • Failing to keep up to date with regulations. HIPAA and HITECH are constantly being redefined and revised by courts and other various regulatory agencies, meaning that practices that may have been totally fine even just a few months ago may no longer be applicable. Be sure that you stay up to date with all of the regulations to avoid any kind of violation.
  • Not researching cloud providers. Cloud storage is extremely popular these days for its versatility and accessibility, but you need to be certain that a cloud storage provider that you work with meets certain standards of safety so that important data hosted on your cloud remains safe.
  • Not realizing the correct problems. It’s easy to throw money around at security issues and technology, but in the end, compliance is just as much an issue with people as it is an issue with technology. There need to be compliance standards in place at every health care facility that all employees are trained in and aware of if you want to have any hope of avoiding violations.

For more information on how you can avoid health care compliance violations, contact a skilled attorney with the New Jersey law firm of Buttaci Leardi & Werner, LLC.

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