ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Advantage Group, a leading provider of practice transformation services for independent physicians and physician organizations, announces its relationship with Live Compliance, a high growth company specializing in HIPAA Omnibus regulation program compliance and training. Medical Advantage Group will leverage the Live Compliance program, portal and partnership as part of its HIPAA compliance consulting services.
Today's HIPAA compliance environment continues to grow in importance as well as complexity. Healthcare providers must closely manage patient protected health information (PHI) or face severe penalties. For those Medicare or Medicaid providers who participate in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, the ability to demonstrate strict compliance with Meaningful Use standards is critical. Just introduced in March of this year, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit program. In this program, OCR audits will review the policies and procedures adopted and employed by covered entities and their business associates to meet identified standards and specifications. By the end of 2017, physicians that attested for Meaningful Use will be subject to being audited going back up to six years. With these changes, healthcare providers must re-assess their compliance to HIPAA standards, and evaluate their audit readiness.
Medical Advantage Group provides a broad range of HIPAA services for its clients – including: compliance strategy and advisory services, risk assessments, risk management and remediation planning, and access to a compliance portal.
"As the use of electronic health records continues to increase, it is critical, especially for independent physicians, to comply with HIPAA standards," said Paul MacLellan, CEO Medical Advantage Group. "To meet this need, we are increasing our investment in HIPAA consulting services through our relationship with Live Compliance, a compliance market leader. With the Live Compliance program, we can offer improved capabilities to help our clients identify compliance gaps, put in place remediation plans, and manage any downside risk to their practices."
"Medical Advantage Group has a well established track record for successfully transforming physician practices towards valued-based care," said James Johnson, President, Live Compliance. "We are proud to play a key role in their enhanced HIPAA compliance services, and help independent physicians thrive in today's environment."
In addition to HIPAA compliance services, Medical Advantage Group manages the Consortium of Independent Physician Organizations (CIPA), which consists of a network of 40 physician organizations representing 1,200 physicians throughout Michigan and Ohio – who are dedicated to the practice of independent medicine. Members include individual practices, group practices, rural health clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and physician hospital organizations.
About Medical Advantage Group
Medical Advantage Group simplifies the delivery of efficient, high-quality health care for medical practices, health centers, physician organizations, hospitals and health systems. The company delivers the tools, best practices, and proven methodologies to optimize practices through a variety of value-based health care solutions: Patient-Centered Medical Home, population health management, clinical measures performance improvement, risk contracts, incentive program management and optimization, physician organization management, group purchasing, HIPAA compliance, revenue cycle management; and EHR implementation and optimization.
Medical Advantage Group (www.medicaladvantagegroup.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Doctors Company. The Doctors Company is the nation's largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, with more than 78,000 members and $4.3 billion in assets, and is rated A by A.M. Best Company and Fitch Ratings.
About Live Compliance
Live Compliance provides covered entities and business associates of all sizes with a complete compliance solution. Based in Charlotte NC, Live Compliance has been serving organizations of varying sizes since 2009. Live Compliance provides organization with the industry leading compliance solution through three easy facets; First the Program - Live Compliance provides the compliancy program covering your policies and procedures, documentation, and all other requirements to becoming and remaining HIPAA Compliant. Next the Portal - Your Live Compliance Online Portal is the key central point used to manage and organize all aspects of your organizations compliance requirements. Lastly your Partner - We are here to guide your organization through all areas necessary to comply with the current requirements and inform you of future mandates. For more information, please visit http://www.livecompliance.com or contact Live Compliance at (980) 999-1585
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