Kroll Advisory Solutions has launched a new risk assessment tool to help healthcare business associates and subcontractors comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security and privacy rules.
The Business Associate HIPAA Self Risk Assessment tool enables BAs and subcontractors from diverse industries to determine weak points in their administrative, physical, and technical security aspects and improve privacy compliance, according to a company statement.
Grant Peterson, chief compliance officer and founder of HIPAA Analytics, helped to develop the tool, which gauges performance, provides remediation and validates HIPAA compliance status.
Kroll noted that healthcare BAs and subcontractors need to comply with HIPAA even if they are not familiar with healthcare terminology or requirements under this regulation.
“Under the final rule, an organization will be considered a business associate if it meets the definition, regardless of whether it has a business associate agreement in place,“ said Brian Lapidus, head of the incident response and remediation group at Kroll Advisory Solutions.
Kroll“™s secure portal deploys the risk assessment tool with links to resources, tips and regulations.
The final report contains reviews and documents pertaining to question responses, as well as provides next step guide.
Users access the assessment tool as often as they can within one year.