Provided by: Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.
February 21, 2018
FileFax, Inc, previously in the business of storage, maintenance and delivery of medical records made news after having closed its doors for being assessed $100,000 (to be paid by receiver on its behalf) for leaving PHI in an unlocked van in its parking lot. See https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/02/13/consequences-hipaa-violations-dont-stop-when-business-closes.html.
How to stay out of trouble?
1. render Risk Assessment annually - https://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/security-risk-assessment-tool.
2. Develop policies and procedures you can follow for proper HIPAA protection
3. Properly train, retrain and retrain again*
*Subject to additional recommendations.