Webinar on HIPAA Enforcement Activity - Learning from the Mistakes of others

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  • Published date: July 7, 2017
    • Fremmont, California, United States

Training Options Duration: 90 Minutes
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT


Overview: Now that the HIPAA rules have been in place for more than a dozen years, the days of advice and counseling have been replaced by a hard-nosed enforcement attitude, where HHS OCR is ready to make health care organizations that violate the rules feel some pain for their actions.

If your organization is not ready, the HIPAA rules have new, significantly higher fines, including mandatory minimum fines of $10,000 for willful neglect of compliance. In addition, HIPAA enforcement has taken on a new importance at HHS; officials have publicly stated that enforcement is now a priority, and that means being ready for an audit or compliance review is more important than ever.

If you don't take the proper steps to ensure your patients' rights and health information are being protected according to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, you can be hit with significant fines and penalties. With the increased HIPAA fines beginning at $10,000 in cases of willful neglect, following the privacy requirements, providing good information security, and being in compliance are more important than ever.

Why Should you Attend: HIPAA enforcement is now a significant reality, and settlements for violations are being announced more and more frequently. Now, with the increases in breach reporting and the new random audit program, enforcement of HIPAA is something that every HIPAA entity and business associate needs to be aware of and prepared for, by examining why prior enforcement occurred and what could be done to prevent such problems.

HIPAA Compliance requires that you be prepared to handle Protected Health Information properly and follow the requirements in the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. If there is a problem that comes to the surface, through a complaint, breach, or audit, an enforcement action can result. Enforcement actions include financial settlements that can reach into the millions of dollars, as well as Corrective Action Plans that can take years to complete and can cost many times the expense of the monetary settlements.

Violations originated from such simple things as returning copiers to the leasing company without removing the PHI on the hard drive, moving offices without accounting for hard drives stored in a closet, and improperly disposing of printed materials, that all could have been prevented with the implementation of policies and procedures and training on them. Several settlements for violations involve improper consideration of the requirements in the Security Rule, which calls for extensive policies and procedures based on an accurate and thorough entity-wide risk analysis.

Every entity under the HIPAA regulations needs to know why the enforcement actions took place and what could have been done differently to prevent the violations that led to enforcement, so they can avoid those issues and their significant impact. Failure to do so can lead to financial settlements, fines, and/or corrective action plans that can severely impact your organization.

Areas Covered in the Session:
The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification regulations (and the recent changes to them) and how their compliance will be evaluated in enforcement circumstances
Recent changes to the HIPAA enforcement regulations that increase fines and create new penalty levels, including new penalties for willful neglect of compliance that begin at $10,000
The information and documentation that needs to be prepared in advance so that you can be ready for an enforcement review or an audit without notice
The results of prior HHS enforcement actions and audits (and their penalties), including recent actions involving multi-million dollar fines and settlements
Questions asked in prior audits and enforcement reviews
Identification of weaknesses in organizational compliance
Future threats to the security of patient information
The importance of a good compliance process to help you stay compliant more easily

Who Will Benefit:
Compliance Director
CEO
CFO
Privacy Officer
Security Officer
HIPAA Officer
Chief Information Officer
Health Information Manager
Healthcare Counsel/Lawyer
Office Manager

Speaker Profile
Jim Sheldon-Dean is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, a Vermont-based consulting firm founded in 1982, providing information privacy and security regulatory compliance services to a wide variety of health care entities.

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