PYA Principal Valerie Rock is quoted in an early April edition of Part B News, which details some of the compliance risks that come with electronic signatures. “Don’t Sign Up for Trouble; Secure Your Providers’ Electronic Signatures,” outlines seven steps to help protect practices and providers, including having strong passwords and implementing other login policies. Organizations that do not have the appropriate safeguards in place will likely be fined in the case of a security breach investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, Valerie adds.
“Electronic signatures can be hijacked,” explains Valerie Rock, CHC, CPC, principal with PYA in Atlanta. “If someone hacks into [a practice’s] system, they could create and sign documents,” order items or services and write prescriptions, Rock warns.
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