EHNAC Announces First Accreditations for MSOAP and HNAP-70
D’Souza & Associates, Inc. is first to achieve accreditation for two of EHNAC’s newest accreditation programs
FARMINGTON, Conn. – May 10, 2011 – The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, announced today that it has accredited the first organization under two of its newest programs: Management Service Organization Accreditation Program (MSOAP) and Healthcare Network Accreditation Plus Select SAS 70©1 Program (HNAP-70). D’Souza & Associates, Inc., a comprehensive practice management firm, achieved full accreditation and is recognized as adhering to strict health information technology (HIT) and transactions, and ensuring compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.
“There’s an increased awareness across the entire industry to ensure organizations adhere to the strictest of HIT policies when it comes to the privacy and security of protected health information,” states Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “We’ve seen a significant interest in accreditation—including two of our newest programs. The marketplace has demonstrated the importance of these areas to organizations across the board, and we welcome D’Souza & Associates as the first of these leading organizations.”
To achieve accreditation under EHNAC’s MSOAP and HNAP-70 accreditation programs, D’Souza & Associates exceeded industry-established standard criteria through the completion of a self-assessment and submitting to an EHNAC site review of all data facilities. Areas for evaluation include privacy, security and confidentiality measures, level-of-service and escalation procedures, transaction response times, and systems availability. In addition, EHNAC evaluated D’Souza & Associates in program-specific functions of management service organizations and healthcare networks as it relates to HIT and transactions in all areas where PHI is handled in an ongoing, production basis. Complete criteria specifications for each of the programs are available publicly on EHNAC’s website.
“We set out to achieve accreditation in these EHNAC programs as a demonstration of our dedication to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality in healthcare and ensure our practices were at the highest levels of the industry,” says Rohan D’Souza, MBA, senior vice president of D’Souza & Associates. “Being the first organization to achieve each of these accreditations allows us to set the standard for our industry and stand apart from others in that we have the third-party verification of our commitment to data security.”
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges and e-prescribing solution providers.
EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About D’Souza & Associates
D’Souza & Associates specializes in helping physicians with medical billing and information technology. As a highly skilled management team, D’Souza & Associates will design an aggressive, customized program of systems and services for healthcare practices. Our program will maximize the efficiency of your entire business office, helping to lower your operating costs and continue along a path toward success. For more information, visit www.dsouzainc.com.
1SAS 70© is a proprietary term owned by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).