Something to Consider Before You Retire: HIPAA

Senior doctor with medical files

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard all these years and now it’s time to relax and sharpen that golf handicap. But before you hit the links in pursuit of a PGA card, you have some unfinished business to take care of. While you’re out on the golf course, your patients still need access to their healthcare records.

In essence, your responsibility to meet HIPAA requirements doesn’t end with your retirement. It’s still your duty to make sure that your former patients are able to request and receive their medical information as necessary. This can definitely present a challenge for closing your practice. As a result, in order to be compliant with HIPAA regulations, you need to consider where you store your records and who will protect and manage them.

Ultimately, you need to appoint someone to fufill patient records requests on your behalf. Finding the right person with whom to entrust that responsibility is no easy task. Fortunately, a professional records and information management company can make sure that you maintain compliance with HIPAA regulations well into retirement.

They’ll help implement an offsite solution for you that allows for the secure storage, tracking and quick retrieval of your patient files. Prior to the closing of your practice, your patients are notified where and how they can request and receive their patient healthcare information. They simply make a request directly to your chosen vendor for their patient healthcare records, which are then securely and efficiently delivered directly to them. It’s a simple process that requires no extra work on your part, so you can truly enjoy your retirement.

Richards & Richards has helped the healthcare industry in Nashville meet compliance regulations for over 25 years. To find out more about how we can help your medical practice, please contact us by phone or fill in the form on the page.

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