Maintaining HIPAA compliance is essential to ensure the safety of a patient’s personal health information and to maintain a high standard of patient care. However, the logistics of maintaining a compliant medical practice can make life difficult for busy healthcare providers. With countless rules and regulations to adhere to, healthcare organizations are turning towards HIPAA consulting companies to help them to address these challenges.
What do HIPAA Consulting Companies do?
HIPAA consulting companies are made up of a team of compliance experts with a vast understanding of the legal complexities surrounding HIPAA compliance. Typically, members of the consulting team each specialize in different elements of HIPAA.
HIPAA compliance consultants work to ensure that Covered Entities (CEs) and Business Associates (BAs) comply with the relevant HIPAA regulations. A HIPAA consulting services firm can help to guide CEs and BAs through the whole process of HIPAA compliance or offer targeted support, for example, by reviewing current HIPAA policies and procedures to identify areas for improvement.
Engaging a HIPAA consultant can take the pressure off healthcare organizations and their BAs, maximizing their valuable time and minimizing the risk of non-compliance. A reputable HIPAA consulting company will formulate a tailored support plan to address an organization’s specific needs. With no shortage of options, choosing a suitable HIPAA consultant can be a bit of a minefield, so we have collated a list of the Top 10 HIPAA Consulting Companies in 2020:
- CynergisTek, Inc.
- Colington Consulting
- Clearwater Compliance
- EnviroMerica Inc.
- Healthicity, LLC.
- Praetorian Secure
- RSM US
- Acevedo Consulting, Inc.
- TBG Security
1. CynergisTek, Inc.
CynergisTek is a highly-ranked cybersecurity and information management firm which provides cybersecurity, privacy, and compliance services and solutions to the healthcare industry. The company primarily serves the healthcare industry, having formed a trusted partnership with hundreds of healthcare organizations since 2004. CynergisTek has been recognized as a leader in the industry, which includes being named by KLAS as a top-performing firm within the field of healthcare cybersecurity and being awarded the 2019 Top Healthcare Cybersecurity Consults in Black Book IT Advisory Outcomes Survey.
2. Colington Consulting
Colington Consulting works with all types of healthcare providers and organizations, helping them to achieve HIPAA compliance. The company’s team of compliance experts formulates a tailored HIPAA risk management plan for their clients, discussing all required policies and procedures. Boasting over 60 years’ worth of experience in areas including regulatory compliance, law enforcement, health information privacy requirements, healthcare policy writing, and risk mitigation, Colington Consulting has a vast understanding of compliance regulations.
3. Clearwater Compliance
Since it was founded in 2009, Clearwater Compliance has helped over 400 clients with their cyber risk management and HIPAA compliance needs. The company’s team of HIPAA compliance experts provides healthcare organizations with a fixed-cost consulting service, including compliance assessment and HIPAA policy and procedure development and training. Clearwater Compliance combines technology (such as their IRM|Pro® enterprise cyber risk management software) with accompanying solutions to save time and money and reduce the likelihood of a breach.
4. EnviroMerica Inc.
EnviroMerica is a values-based, family-run company which strives to simplify compliance and waste management for healthcare providers. The team has over 18 years’ worth of compliance consultancy experience, ensuring that they understand the laws, documentation, regulations, and complexities involved with maintaining a HIPAA-compliant organization. EnviroMerica simplifies the process of HIPAA compliance for its clients and offers 100% guaranteed compliance with inspection protection, a service that many compliance consultants do not provide.
InCompliance employs a team of attorney and non-attorney consultants with extensive practical experience in addition to their legal and regulatory expertise. This allows the team to have a unique understanding of the practical complexities that their clients face during the design and implementation of a HIPAA compliance program. The proactive approach adopted by InCompliance has resulted in its clients facing fewer investigations compared to other CEs, and any investigations that have arisen have been dealt with expeditiously.
6. Healthicity, LLC.
Healthicity provides a suite of user-friendly compliance software solutions and compliance services delivered by its team of industry-leading compliance experts. The company tailors its services to meet the specific requirements of each healthcare organization and offer a range of affordable solutions to match the budgets of its clients.
7. Praetorian Secure
Praetorian Secure has developed its security expertise and experience by forming partnerships with some of the world’s leading healthcare, medical and insurance providers. What sets Praetorian Secure apart from many of its competitors is the multi-industry expertise of its team of consultants. Working with a diverse range of clients has provided the team with extensive experience and understanding, allowing them to provide a high standard of support.
8. RSM US
RSM US works with healthcare partners to ensure full HIPAA compliance, utilizing both automated and manual testing to seek out vulnerabilities and validate findings. The company’s compliance-related services include a readiness review to ensure their clients are prepared for compliance, an in-depth compliance assessment, a risk assessment, an update of existing policies and procedures based on the results of the initial assessments, and HIPAA compliance self-assessment training.
9. Acevedo Consulting Inc.
Offering combined experience exceeding 100 years, Acevedo Consulting’s team of compliance experts are nationally recognized for their expertise, certified by the AAPC, Health Care Compliance Association, and AHIMA. Primarily a firm noted for its coding expertise, particularly with CPT, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, Acevedo Consulting steers clear of providing its clients with cookie-cutter solutions. Instead, Acevedo Consulting devises a tailored compliance plan, including assessments, recommendations, and education and training plans.
10. TBG Security
With decades’ worth of experience in healthcare risk management, TBG Security strives to ensure that its clients realize their compliance goals. The firm provides its clients with a range of HIPAA compliance consulting services, including a readiness assessment, gap analysis to measure existing procedures and policies against best practices, and penetration testing to ensure compliance with regulatory bodies.
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Additionally, if you’re not sure if you’re engaging the right HIPAA consultant, check out our list of the questions your HIPAA consultant should be asking you.