What is HIPAA compliance certification?
Since there is no set standard for HIPAA compliance certification, it can be challenging to outline the exact standards that your business needs to meet for compliance.
To offset nebulous interpretation, there are many organizations that provide HIPAA certification services. HIPAA compliance certification means that your organization has passed a HIPAA compliance program. This kind of certification is the next best alternative to true compliance standards.
Achieving compliance and staying compliant are two different things. HIPAA compliance is an ongoing process. Your organization might very well pass a provider’s initial certification program, but that’s no guarantee you’ll remain in compliance. (The department of Health and Human Services does not endorse HIPAA certification for this reason.)
So fair warning: as part of the certification process, your company will need to implement mechanisms to maintain HIPAA compliance.
If you want to earn HIPAA certification, you can prepare with these steps.
Understand what the HIPAA regulations mean. Someone in your department needs to fully read the guidelines and understand the implications to your business.
Hire an auditor who understands HIPAA regulations to help guide identify issues and the need for policy revisions.
Revise policies or procedures so that they comply with HIPAA regulations.
Plan to provide employee training to comply with HIPAA regulations. Currently, HHS does not endorse or suggest a specific training program.