URAC, an independent, Washington-based healthcare accreditation organization, today announced that software and training firm HIPAAdocs Corp. is the first to win certification as a registrar of a recently launched database of HIPAA-related services for small healthcare entities.
HIPAAdocs, headquartered in Columbia, Md., thus will be able to list its clients on a recently launched online URAC registry of small practices, health plans and pharmacies that have implemented HIPAA privacy and security compliance programs.
URAC unveiled the registry Oct. 21as a means of helping small organizations demonstrate that they are making good-faith efforts to meet HIPAA requirements. HHS has said it will be lenient with enforcement of various HIPAA provisions as long as covered entities show good faith.
"Small providers and plans may not have the time, budget or resources to participate in a full third-party review of their HIPAA compliance program," URAC President and CEO Garry Carneal said in a statement announcing the registry last month.
Today, Carneal says the registrar certification allows HIPAAdocs to attest to the good-faith efforts of its clients. URAC says it will collect a fee from practices, health plans and pharmacies listed in the registry.