Usually you think of the last 2 weeks in December as a slow period in terms of work. Many people schedule vacations during these 2 weeks. But if you are performing Meaningful Use Risk Assessments it is anything but slow. As organizations rush to ensure their 2013 Meaningful Use Risk Assessment is completed, our HIPAA Secure Now! team is working around the clock to get them done.
There is a huge difference in awareness from December 2012 to December 2013. Last year we were busy but nowhere near how busy we are this year. We think the awareness of Meaningful Use audits, which are really happening, has organizations worried about having to return EHR incentive payments if they are audited. Just last week we heard of 2 small chiropractic offices that had to return a full year of incentive payments because they failed the Meaningful Use audit for lack of a Security Risk Assessment.
So if you are attesting for Meaningful Use, we hope you got your Risk Assessment completed!
We hope everyone enjoys the holiday season!
…now back to Meaningful Use Risk Assessments for the HIPAA Secure Now! team