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Company’s Latest Service Provides Independent Evaluation of Regulatory Compliance Programs and Delivers Actionable Recommendations to Healthcare Organizations
Austin, TX, March 22, 2017— CynergisTek™, an Auxilio company (NYSE MKT: AUXO), and industry leader in health information privacy, compliance and cybersecurity, today announced its new Compliance Program Effectiveness Assessment (CPEA) service, which provides a comprehensive evaluation of healthcare organizations’ regulatory compliance programs. CynergisTek’s CPEA is conducted by a team of experienced consultants in accordance with rigorous procedures outlined by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the Health & Human Resources Office of Inspector General (OIG), as well as industry best practices.
As the OIG continues its proactive efforts to combat fraud, waste and abuse, and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ramps up enforcement of HIPAA with hefty penalties, the ability to demonstrate that compliance programs address a host of complex regulatory requirements has become a top priority. CynergisTek developed its CPEA service to meet demand by healthcare organizations for third-party validation that existing compliance processes and procedures are both effective and meet government expectations.
“The increasing prevalence of enforcement actions by the CMS programs and contractors, Department of Justice initiatives and OCR settlement agreements over the past few years has turned up the lights on compliance and demonstrated that regulators mean business,” said Patricia Bickel, Compliance & Privacy Officer, USF Health at the University of South Florida. “As healthcare continues to grapple with growing regulatory scrutiny and the need to prove program effectiveness, the availability of a credible third-party evaluation like CynergisTek’s is a welcomed service to our industry.”
“2016 was a record year for enforcement action across several government agencies, and that has been a huge motivating factor for healthcare organizations in looking closely at their programs and recognizing the need for expert support,” said Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek. “With recent strategic additions to our team and this new offering, CynergisTek is more equipped than ever to deliver what healthcare organizations need to navigate an evolving and increasingly intricate regulatory landscape.”
Leading the CPEA service is Marti Arvin, who joined CynergisTek in August 2016 as Vice President of Audit Strategy. Since coming onboard, Arvin has supported the company’s development of innovative service offerings that meet today’s regulatory demands. With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of compliance, research and regulatory administration at academic medical centers and traditional hospital settings, Arvin will be instrumental in ensuring the success of the company’s CPEA service.
CynergisTek, an Auxilio company, (www.cynergistek.com) is a top-ranked cybersecurity, privacy and compliance consulting firm. The company offers solutions to help organizations measure privacy, security and compliance programs against regulatory requirements and assists in developing risk management best practices. Since 2004 the company has served as a partner to hundreds in the healthcare industry and is dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant industry associations. The company has been named in numerous research reports as one of the top firms that provider organizations turn to for privacy and security, and won the 2017 Best in KLAS award for Cyber Security Advisory Services.
Auxilio (www.auxilioinc.com) provides complete document workflow solutions and IT security services to healthcare organizations across the United States. Auxilio has helped its clients save more than $80 million since 2004 by providing Print as a Service (PRaaS) vendor neutral solutions which lower costs, improve operational efficiency and enhance security. Auxilio’s intelligent workflow automation suite delivers a customer driven approach transforming printed documents to digital workflows, reducing waste and driving additional savings opportunities. Auxilio serves a national portfolio of nearly 220 hospital campuses and manages over 1.5 billion documents annually from over 90,000 devices supporting over 280,000 caregivers.