Colington Consulting Announces New Partnership with Physician Focused, Providing Members with HIPAA Compliance Services

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Colington Consulting, a leading provider of HIPAA compliance services and training for all types of healthcare organizations, announced today a partnership with Physician Focused, which connects physicians with verified services at preferred rates. Working with both small and large group medical practices, Colington Consulting helps organizations achieve HIPAA compliance and stay current with the latest enforcement trends.

“HIPAA compliance requirements can be a confusing but timely process for a lot of healthcare providers, especially given the costs associated if a data breach occurs,” says President and Founder of Colington Consulting Jay Hodes, former Assistant Inspector General of Investigations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Physician Focused, based in Omaha, connects physicians to verified services at preferred rates, building community among physicians through forums, and keeping them current with relevant news. Member benefits are focused exclusively on physicians and providing solutions to solve their unique challenges.

“We started with this idea of cutting down the time physicians take to find services for their life and practice. A physician who’s working 90 or 100 hours in a week when they’re on-call might not have the luxury of using their time [in that way],” says Caleb Ulffers, CEO of Physician Focused.

Physician Focused offers vetted service providers, continuing-education tracking and monitoring, digital reputation management, a forum for physician collaboration, and current industry news, all on one platform. “There’s no other site that currently has all these things built together. What we’d like to do is continue adding benefits and services for physicians to make it an even bigger and more value product for them,” says Ulffers.

Regardless of the size of a medical practice or total number of patients, a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program must be in place. Requirements include establishing policies and procedures, conducting risk assessments, providing annual training, and ensuring adherence to patient privacy rights.

Many healthcare practices may not have the resources available to meet all the requirements for HIPAA or not know what exactly needs to be in place to meet regulatory compliance specifications. “The goal of Colington Consulting, first and foremost, is to educate and empower an organization’s workforce,” says Hodes, “and I am pleased to partner with Physician Focused, which was built by physicians for physicians; it allows us to offer discounted rates for our services to a much larger spectrum of providers and physician owners.”

More than 177,000,000 individuals have had all or parts of their health records compromised through HIPAA data breaches. According to Hodes, “the goal is to prevent breaches for any provider by implementing, updating, or helping to manage a HIPAA compliance program.”