Covered health plan providers are well versed in doing business in compliance with the guidelines established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In September 2013, HIPAA added “business associates” to the industry related entities required to comply with the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules. These business associates, now under the scrutiny of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) include those vendors who provide services to or in conjunction with HIPAA-covered plans i.e. insurance brokers, third-party administrators and pharmacy benefit managers.
Bottom Line: Now, all covered health plan providers and business associates who use a website that stores or transmits Personal Health Information (PHI) from one location to another must have in place technical and physical safeguards which protect the integrity, confidentiality, privacy and availability of all electronic PHI (e-PHI) that the entity creates, maintains, transmits and receives.
Non Compliance: So critical is the adherence of these standards that the (HHS) is poised to punish the non-compliant with, what could be very severe penalties depending on the infraction. For example, a one-time offense may cost an entity $100 in civil fines. Whereas multiple, repeated or severe infractions could result in criminal fines as high as $250,000 and/or imprisonment up to 10 years.
JVF and Liquid Web: JVF Consulting, since its inception 2004, has managed hosting for countless companies who create and transfer highly confidential information. Our commitment to ensuring security for our clients and their customers has always been unwavering.
When we began working with covered health plan providers and their business associates who handle e-PHI information we knew we needed to have in place hosting solutions which completely satisfy all HIPAA enforced security requirements.
After conducting intensive research we finally decided that Liquid Web meets and may possibly exceed even our standards. By partnering with Liquid Web we are, with confidence, able to design and build outstanding websites and offer secure, HIPAA compliant hosting!
Our clients can expect their hosting to include:
- HIPAA compliant network solutions
- Physical security measures beyond those required
- Extensive data security measures
- High availability infrastructure
- 24/7/365 ON-SITE HIPAA Trained staff
All resulting in, as Liquid Web says,Paramount Peace of Mind.
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