Article on “Statistical Sampling Plans for Medical Devices”

One of the important aspects of design control of medical devices is statistical sampling plans for medical devices. To gain an understanding of the idea of statistical sampling plans for medical devices, one needs to understand the process of medical device design controls.

Statistical sampling plans for medical devices needs to be seen in this background: Under Sec. 820.30 of Title 21 of Code of Federal Regulations (CRF) the FDA sets out requirements from medical device manufacturers -which want to market certain categories of medical devices in the US -for establishing and maintaining procedures to implements design controls into the device.

An understanding of design controls is necessary first

First of all, what are design controls? Design controls are linearly and logically described and recommended steps that manufacturers have to take for ensuring that they have developed what they meant to develop. In addition, design controls have to also be implemented to ensure that the final product is in line with the expectations and needs from the customer’s perspective.

Statistical sampling plans for medical devices come at a slightly later stage. Design controls pave way for the validation processes of design verification and design, which are done to ensure that the device design has met critical specifications or outputs and fulfill the requirements for the safety requirements, intended use, or specified application.

Verification and validation

This stage makes way for the next, which is fulfillment of design verification and validation (V&V), as required under Sec. 820.50 of 21 CFR. A core part of this code is the requirement from manufacturers for establishing and maintaining procedures to locate valid and proper statistical techniques for the process capability and product characteristics to be considered applicable. These are what constitute statistical sampling plans for medical devices

More of rule of thumb

Statistical sampling plans for medical devices need to be written and based on a well-established statistical foundation. However, the FDA does not prescribe a formal plan for writing down statistical sampling plans for medical devices. These are to be based more on rule of thumb. In other words, there are no acceptable limits violations under statistical sampling plans for medical devices. The statistical sampling plans for medical devices need to be implemented on a case-to-case basis, based on the device’s characteristics and features.

In arriving at statistical sampling plans for medical devices, the FDA sets out the following rule:

Table 1

Binomial Staged Sampling Plans

Binomial Confidence Levels

able 2

Binomial Staged Sampling Plans

Binomial Confidence Levels

ucl = Upper Confidence Level

Source:http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/Inspections/InspectionGuides/ucm170830.htm

These constitute the core guidance for statistical sampling plans for medical devices.

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Leadership Management Academy 201-202: Rising Through the Management Ranks 2017

 

Overview:

Why Should You Attend?

By attending, you will take advantage of a great opportunity to advance as a manager to the next level!

Too often, we focus on getting things done and results and miss working on our self-development. Let’s face it: this is how we get paid yet this is also how we keep falling behind when it comes to our careers. It’s time to get ahead! Don’t miss an opportunity to advance as a manager again!

We’ll take you through peer discussions addressing leading and managing, integrating finance and quality, managing your time effectively, managing performance and managing up.

Join us as we help you report back to your manager that “I’m ready to take the next step in advancing my management career!”

 

Why should you attend :

By attending, you will understand how to even more effectively:

  • Lead and manage
  • Integrate finance and quality in your organization
  • Manage your time, including prioritizing
  • Manage performance
  • Understand behavioral styles, so you can manage more effectively
  • Handle performance conversations, especially difficult conversations
  • Coach with purpose and focus
  • Manage to Action Plans, both by your team members and yourself
  • Build teams
  • Integrate performance improvement and quality improvement
  • Manage your manager, manage up

Are you concerned about getting ahead, taking the next step in your management career, yet you never seem to have the time?

Would you like to get a better handle on those difficult “performance conversations” you have to have?

Would it make a difference if you could coach more effectively with purpose and focus?

Would you like to improve your management skills to the point where everyone on your team is taking action to achieve results every day?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then come laugh, listen and learn as Chris DeVany leads us all through these important topics, key questions and answers we all need to be able to address effectively to improve our team members’ and team’s performance, all of which helps us manage even more affectively and rise up the corporate ladder!

Areas Covered in the Session:

Leading and Managing

    • Coping with new roles as leaders
    • The differences between leading and managing
    • Leading effectively – best practices
    • Managing effectively – best practices

Integrating Finance and Quality in Our Organization

    • Quality Management
      • How are we managing quality in our organization?
      • Best practices
      • Improving quality and quality management
    • Quality and Cost – Drive down labor and supply costs while improving the quality of products and service provided
    • Management Integration – Find the right structure, align incentives, and engage managers in business and process improvements.
    • Revenue Cycle – Implement the cultural, process, technology, and talent strategies that will get better results with limited resources.
    • Budgeting — Planning, Implementing and Evaluating

Managing Time Effectively / Prioritizing

    • How we can be more efficient and effective
    • Determining priorities and focusing on the important (time management/delegation)
    • LEM goals
    • Managing increasingly multiple priorities and working relationships

Managing Performance

    • Understanding Behavior, Managing Performance Within a Behavioral Context
      • Behavioral styles – how can we quantify behavior interactions with customers and with co-workers
      • Evaluating behavior
        • Understanding behavioral tendencies (DiSC – Dominant, Influencing, Steady and Cautious) and addressing when reviewing performance
    • Performance Conversations, Difficult Conversations
    • How to have those conversations with employees (crucial performance conversations)
    • Coaching and mentoring – especially with those who are under-performing
      • Why might people not be performing well – understanding and addressing
      • Integrating coaching with performance conversations.
    • Action Planning
    • Follow-up to those conversations
      • Monitoring the Action Plan
      • Modeling the behavior we expect
      • Monitoring and reviewing of Action Plans
    • Performance Reviews
      • Working with HR for conducting performance reviews objectively
      • Managing and implementing Professional Development Plans (PDPs)
      • The importance of documenting performance
      • Letting someone go legally and professionally while protecting yourself at the same time
    • Integrating Performance Improvement and Quality Improvement
      • Taking this to the next level – follow-through – continuing that improvement
    • Team-Building
      • Keeping the environment positive while effectively managing performance
      • Supporting employee morale and job satisfaction – tips and techniques we can use
      • Building/sustaining a cohesive team – accountability
  • Managing Up
    • Managing your manager
    • Dealing with senior management
    • Managing new and evolving working relationships – how do you push back without pushing back
    • Persuasion influencing, (up) and negotiating up

 

Who will benefit:

  • CEO
  • Senior Vice President
  • Vice President
  • Executive Director
  • Managing Director
  • Regional Vice President
  • Area Supervisor
  • Manager

 

 

 

Agenda:

Lecture 1: Leading and Managing

Lecture 2: Integrating Finance and Quality – Part 1

Lecture 3: Integrating Finance and Quality – Part 2

Lecture 4: Managing Time Effectively – Part 1

 

Day 2 Schedule

Lecture 1: Managing Time Effectively – Part 2

Lecture 2: Managing Performance – Part 1

Lecture 3: Managing Performance – Part 2

Lecture 4: Managing Your Manager, Managing Up

 

 

Speaker:

Chris DeVany,

Founder and President, Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide,

Chris DeVany is the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm which focuses on management and organization development. Pinnacle’s clients include global organizations such as Visa International, Cadence Design Systems, Coca Cola, Sprint, Microsoft, Aviva Insurance, Schlumberger and over 500 other organizations in 22 countries. He also has consulted to government agencies from the United States, the Royal Government of Saudi Arabia, Canada, Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom.

He has published numerous articles in the fields of surviving mergers and acquisitions, surviving change, project management, management, sales, team-building, leadership, ethics, customer service, diversity and work-life balance, in publications ranging from ASTD/Performance In Practice to Customer Service Management. His book, “90 Days to a High-Performance Team“, published by McGraw Hill and often accompanied by in-person, facilitated instruction, has helped and continues to help thousands of executives, managers and team leaders improve performance.

He has appeared hundreds of times on radio and television interview programs to discuss mergers and acquisitions (how to manage and survive them), project management, sales, customer service, effective workplace communication, management, handling rapid personal and organizational change and other topical business issues. He has served or is currently serving as a board member of the International Association of Facilitators, Sales and Marketing Executives International, American Management Association, American Society of Training and Development, Institute of Management Consultants, American Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International and National Speakers Association. Chris is an award-winning Toastmaster’s International Competition speaker. He recently participated in the Fortune 500 Annual Management Forum as a speaker, panelist and seminar leader.

Chris has distinguished himself professionally by serving multiple corporations as manager and trainer of sales, operations, project management, IT, customer service and marketing professionals. Included among those business leaders are Prudential Insurance, Sprint, BayBank (now part of Bank of America), US Health Care and Marriott Corporation. He has assisted these organizations in mergers and acquisitions, facilitating post-merger and acquisition integration, developing project management, sales, customer service and marketing strategies, organizing inbound and outbound call center programs, training and development of management and new hires, and fostering corporate growth through creative change and innovation initiatives.

Chris holds degrees in management studies and organizational behavior from Boston University. He has traveled to 22 countries and 47 states in the course of his career.

 

 

Location: Raleigh, NC Date: April 27th & 28th, 2017 and Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

 

 

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Rising in one’s career through leadership management

Being a manager is an exercise in continuity. One does not become a manager and stop there. It is important to be, than to become managers. This means that management is a journey, not a destination. Because of this, continuous improvement is needed into this discipline from time to time.

Leadership management is needed to improve both the manager’s own self, and with it, the growth of the organization. Leadership management may be defined as the means by which one identifies, manages and sharpens one’s leadership capabilities. Why leadership management matters for organizations is that when leadership management is developed and refined with the right coaching, it can bring about tremendous change in the managers individually, for the whole team, and in the organization as a whole.

Leadership management is a tool for any ambitious manager

No manager who is ambitious likes to be left behind. It is the desire and ambition of any go-getting manager to stay ahead of her peers. The ways of doing this keep playing in the mind of any ambitious manager. Leading from the front and making a difference to her organization is always a priority for such self-driven managers.

Advancing professionally in one’s career and developing leadership management skills also give most managers a better grip on many practical aspects of management, which are not normally found in textbooks. The delicate performance conversations that they need to have from time to time with employees and the intention of making a difference by being able to coach their mentees more effectively, purposefully and with a strong sense of focus, are some of these.

Self-improvement and improvement for the organization

Leadership management brings about a sense of self-improvement of management skills, right up to the point of motivating the team to do the same on a daily basis. All this should reflect in improved positive results for the organization.

While all these are true; what is also equally true is that most managers hardly find the time to advance their careers. In keeping their sights on the managerial peak; most managers lose sight of leadership management and dilute their purpose. The culture in most organizations –that of getting things done in order to show results –is to blame for this.

In the process of working all the time to just show numbers; most managers lose sight of the more important goal of self-development, which often is at the core of leadership management. Advancing one’s own professional stature is the hallmark of leadership management and is as important as showing results for the organization. After all, a well lubricated, well-oiled managerial staff is the cog in the organization’s wheel.

Advancing within one’s own self as a manager by developing leadership management skills is extremely important, because a manager who is not growing from within cannot take the organization forwards. How does this happen? What are the ways by which managers can bring about leadership management? Is there an effective way of addressing issues concerning leadership management? What are the ways of improving it for the manager’s own good, which will result in benefits for the organization?

A complete understanding of leadership management  

All these will be part of a highly valuable, extremely interactive and entertaining session on leadership management. A two-day seminar on leadership management from GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings in all the areas of regulatory compliance, will show how to grow within the organization by focusing on leadership management.

This seminar will offer enjoyable lessons on management and self-improvement to such an extent that the participants laugh, listen and learn with the extremely lively Director of this seminar on leadership management, Chris DeVany.

To derive the immense benefit this seminar is going to impart, please register by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900866SEMINAR?wordpress-SEO .

Chris, the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm which focuses on management and organizational development; will lead participants though all these important topics and the key leadership management questions and answers that need to be addressed effectively if the manager has to play a major part in improving the team’s performance overall, as well as that of each member of the team.

An extremely useful session on leadership management

This seminar will be of immense use to all seekers of leadership management, as it will cover all the important aspects of leadership management. Peer discussions addressing leading and managing, integrating finance and quality, managing one’s time effectively, managing performance and managing up, are some of these.

Participants will be able to gain the following lessons on leadership management at the end of this highly useful session:

–       Lead and manage

–       Integrate finance and quality into their organization

–       Manage their time, including prioritizing

–       Manage performance

–       Understand behavioral styles, so they can manage more effectively

–       Handle performance conversations, especially difficult conversations

–       Coach with purpose and focus

–       Manage to Action Plans, both by the team members and oneself

–       Build teams

–       Integrate performance improvement and quality improvement

–       Manage one’s own manager, manage up.

FDA and EU requirements on data integrity and implementation

Data integrity and its implementation in cGMP records are major requirements from the FDA. The FDA considers these as important requirements to ensure the integrity of data in these records. The FDA’s, as well as the EU’s requirements are set out for ensuring both data integrity and its implementation are set out in 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 respectively.

Data integrity is part of FDA 21 CFR Part 11, which essentially deals with the veracity of electronic records and electronic signatures. It applies to records designated or set forth in Parts 210, 211 and 212 of FDA regulations. The FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 has its counterpart in Eudralex Annex 11, which also has more or less the same intention, but varies in some ways. Both the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 are required for medicines that are introduced into the US and European markets. Annex 11 is basically about the implementation part of cGMP records.

What is data integrity?

First, a small understanding of data integrity: The FDA defines data integrity as a state in which the data is complete, consistent and accurate. The FDA uses the acronym ALCOA to describe this quality of data: Attributable, Legible, Contemporaneously recorded, Original or a true copy, and Accurate.  The requirements set out by the FDA on data integrity are applicable to metadata and audit trails as well, as also static and dynamic data. Static data is a physical record of which a paper record is an example. By contrast, dynamic data is the kind of record in which it is possible to make some interaction between the user and the creator.

Part 11 lists out criteria that the FDA considers all these: electronic signatures, handwritten signatures and electronic records that are done on electronic records to be reliable, truthful, and generally the same as paper records and handwritten signatures that are done on paper.

Get to understand 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 better

The ways of actually ensuring and implementing data integrity as set out in both FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 of the Eudralex will be the learning a two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings in the areas of regulatory compliance, will be imparting.

At this seminar, Angela Bazigos, CEO of Touchstone Technologies Silicon Valley, and a senior Regulatory Affairs professional who carries four decades of experience in regulatory affairs, will be the Director. To enroll for this highly enriching learning session on FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11, please register for this session by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900944SEMINAR?wordpress-SEO . This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

Explaining the history of these regulations

Angela will start this seminar with an explanation of how 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 evolved, which will set the background to these laws. She will explain why these two regulations are now being talked about all over again. Offering an overview and key requirements of Part 11 & Annex 11, Angela will describe how to use a Risk Based Assessment to reduce work while still achieving Data Integrity and Compliance. She will then also illustrate how the FDA & other regulatory authorities inspect computerized systems for data integrity.

During the course of this seminar, the Director will cover the following areas:

o  What is Data Integrity and how is it implemented

o  How to use Risk Based Assessments to reduce work while still achieving Data Integrity and Compliance?

o  Data Integrity Frequently Asked Questions

o  Validation Master Plan

o  Risk Based Assessment

o  Complete Validation for a System (software development lifecycle)

o  Automated Test Tools

o  Infrastructure Requirements

o  Change Control

o  SOPs.

https://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/guidances/ucm495891.pdf

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=11.1

http://www.pharmpro.com/blog/2011/09/how-far-does-annex-11-go-beyond-part-11

Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation

The pharmaceutical industry considers Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation to be of very high importance. In 2011, the FDA set out this guidance for the industry. as part of this guidance, called “Process Validation: General Principles and Practices”, which sets the framework for Process Validation in the pharmaceutical industry, any organization in the pharmaceutical industry has to set up a three-stage process.

These are the three stages:

I.           Process Design

II.           Process Qualification, and

III.           Continued Process Verification.

Stage 1, or what is called the Process Design stage, is the stage in which the commercial manufacturing process is defined. This definition is based on knowledge gained through development and scale-up activities.

Stage 2, called the Process Qualification, is the stage in which an evaluation is made of the process design to determine if the process is capable of reproducible commercial manufacturing.

Stage 3, the Continued Process Verification, is meant for giving ongoing assurance during routine production to ensure that the process remains in a state of control.

A seminar on the ways implementing Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation

GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, will be organizing a two-day seminar in which the ways of using Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation will be taught. Richard Burdick, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, Arizona State University (ASU) and former Quality Engineering Director for Amgen, Inc., will be the Director of this seminar on applied statistics for FDA Process Validation.

In order to learn Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation in-depth, please register by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900806SEMINAR?linkedin-SEO. This course has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

A detailed and methodical approach to implementing statistical methodologies

This two-day course on Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation will focus on the ways by which a systematic approach to implementing statistical methodologies into a process validation program consistent with the FDA guidance can be established.

Beginning with a primer on statistics, Dr. Burdick will explain how the methods of Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation seminar can be applied in each remaining chapter.

Dr. Burdick will next move on to explaining the two fundamental requirements for Process Validation, namely the application of statistics for setting specifications and assessing measurement systems (assays).

He well then show how to apply statistics through the three stages of process validation as defined by requirements in the process validation regulatory guidance documents.

Given that the methods taught through all these three stages are recommended by regulatory guidance documents; this seminar on Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation will provide references to the specific citations in the guidance documents.

This seminar on Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation will lead participants into ways of establishing a systematic approach to implementing statistical methodologies into a process development and validation program that is consistent with the FDA guidance.

All-round learning related to Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation

Dr. Burdick will teach participants how to:

o  Apply statistics for setting specifications

o  Assess measurement systems (assays)

o  Use Design of Experiments (DOE)

o  Develop a control plan as part of a risk management strategy, and

o  Ensure process control/capability.

All concepts at this Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation seminar are taught within the three-stage product cycle framework defined by requirements in the process validation regulatory guidance documents.

Although established for the pharmaceutical industry, this seminar on Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation also provides a useful framework for other related industries.

In this important learning on Applied Statistics for FDA Process Validation; Dr. Burdick will cover the following areas:

o  Apply statistics to set specifications and validate measurement systems (assays)

o  Develop appropriate sample plans based on confidence and power

o  Implement suitable statistical methods into a process validation program for each of the three stages

o  Stage 1, Process Design: utilize risk management tools to identify and prioritize potential critical process parameters; and define critical process parameters and operating spaces for the commercial manufacturing process using design of experiments (DOE)

o  Stage 2, Process Qualification: assess scale effects while incorporating large (pilot and/or commercial) scale data; develop process performance qualification (PPQ) acceptance criteria by characterizing intra and inter-batch variability using process design data and batch homogeneity studies; and develop an appropriate sampling plan for PPQ

o  Stage 3, Continued Process Verification: develop a control plan as part of a risk management strategy; collect and analyze product and process data; and ensure your process is in (statistical) control and capable.

Medical device companies need to get their design controls right

Design controls are among the most frequently cited areas for 483 and Warning Letter observations from the FDA, despite the regulatory agency considering this area as critical. It goes without saying that Design Controls are indispensable for ensuring the safety and effectiveness in the production of medical devices. Statistics show that a substantial percentage of all medical device recalls are due to design problems. This is despite the fact that intrinsic quality, safety, and effectiveness of a device are known to be established during the design phase.

When Design Controls are not built strongly enough into the medical devices, these are some of the implications:

o  Design Control flaws are a reason for a significant number of recalls

o  Design Control issues lead to complaints and medical device reports

o  When Design Control is not properly put in place, the manufacturer can face issues related to manufacturability, like low yields and excessive scrap and rework.

The solution is getting trained on Design Control issues and understanding the ways of implementing them

Given the severity of Design Control issues, medical devices manufacturers need to address the problem with one solid solution: Understand how to locate and fix issues early on in the design process. If this is not done, the consequences can be expensive. Finding and fixing problems for medical devices that are already in production is must more expensive than doing so at an earlier stage. What is more; such a process can also make the Design Control less effective.

How do medical device companies ensure a Design Control process that is free of hassles and will serve the primary intention for which it is to be implemented? This is the teaching a two-day seminar that is being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly regarded provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, will impart.

At this seminar, Susanne Manz, an accomplished leader in the medical device industry, who emphasizes quality, compliance, and Six Sigma and brings extensive background in quality and compliance for medical devices from new product development, to operations, to post-market activities, will be the Director.  In order to gain insights into how to imbibe Design Controls into the earliest possible stages of medical device manufacture, please visit http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900852SEMINAR?linkedin_SEO to register for this seminar.

This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

An important session on Design Controls

The main intention of this seminar is to provide a clear and deep understanding of the nature and importance of Design Controls in medical devices, and the ways of developing Design Controls processes and tools that are compliant with the regulatory requirements. Susanne will offer these to ensure that they become a competitive strength for their organizations. With this learning, participants can learn from past issues and mend their next generations of product.

An explanation of the requirements for design controls and an understanding of how to translate them into an efficient and effective process for their organizations will be given. Susanne will begin with the history and requirements for Design Controls. The next topic she will take up in detail is the requirements and tools needed to ensure product quality, while also meeting business needs for speed to market.

Also included are exercises to help participants practice what they have learnt here theoretically. At the end of this two-day session, participants will have gained the knowledge needed to improve their design control process.

Susanne will cover the following areas at this seminar:

o  Expectations

o  Regulations and History

o  Design Control process, procedures, forms, records, files

o  Linkages to the rest of your Quality Management System

o  Lessons Learned

o  Myths

o  Challenges

o  Best Practices

o  Inspection Readiness.

HIPAA survival is not difficult. It just requires good comprehension.

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You can take this bet: Try finding out from any healthcare industry professional what she considers the biggest professional challenge of hers, and HIPAA survival would surely not miss out from any healthcare professional’s list. Why? Simply because HIPAA audits are complex.  Period.

So, is the toughness and complexity of HIPAA audits such that one should run away from it? Healthcare professionals are not given this option. They have to mandatorily carry out HIPAA audits in such a way that it satisfies the regulatory authorities. This needs a thorough understanding of the exact meaning and import of words contained in HIPAA. In addition, carrying out successful HIPAA audits, which is what HIPAA survival essentially is all about, requires the healthcare professional in the organization in which HIPAA audits take place, to get a grasp of the purpose and intent conveyed in HIPAA’s language.

This thorough understanding of the meaning and intent of what is contained in HIPAA is absolutely essential for both the Covered Entity and the Business Associate to ensure HIPAA survival.

One challenge upon another

And, in addition to the already existing complexity in HIPAA, which many healthcare professionals consider as an obstacle to HIPAA survival; an additional step has been hemmed into HIPAA audits. It is this: For 2017, the federal government is set to increase the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)’s budget by a good 10 percent. This is being done with one simple intention: To increase the OCR’s resources for carrying out HIPAA audits and to also reinforce the OCR’s efforts towards HIPAA audits.

This is not all. HIPAA survival has been made even more difficult, as the OCR now requires Business Associates and Covered Entities to show compliance with around 180 areas as part of Phase 2 of HIPAA. The time given for response: A mere 10 days.

Any Business Associate or Covered Entity which thinks that these are all to the additional aspects of HIPAA survival are mistaken. Yet another issue compounds the misery of the whole task of HIPAA survival: The OCR’s audit protocol is no longer going to be satisfied with general and vague references to policy documents when they are required to furnish documents to corroborate their work. They have to furnish the specific and exact documents that the OCR asks for during a HIPAA audit. Isn’t HIPAA survival a really tough ask for Covered Entity or a Business Associate?

No room for relaxation

The OCR expects complete and total adherence to its requirements, no matter how tough they may seem. Just a little slackening of effort anywhere down the line can severely impede the preparation for Phase 2 HIPAA audits. This is bound to result in serious issues for the Covered Entity and Business Associate, who simply cannot drop guard even for a second.

If there was any feeling that anyone who is subject to a HIPAA audit can relax a trice, all that has been destroyed by the OCR’s decisions on HIPAA audits for 2017. Its additional measures mean that HIPAA survival is real and serious. To ensure HIPAA survival, Covered Entities and Business Associates need to put a process in place and make sure they control and implement it with the maximum assiduousness and thoroughness. This is to be ensured all the time, every time.

An opportunity to learn what it takes for HIPAA survival

Given the severity of HIPAA survival, it is necessary for those who are subject to HIPAA audits, especially Covered Entities and Business Associates, at whom the new regulations are primarily aimed, to understand the art of HIPAA survival.

This expert guidance is what a two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly popular provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance, will be offering. Please visit http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900786SEMINAR to register for this seminar.

The Director of this two-day seminar is Brian L Tuttle, a senior Compliance Consultant & IT Manager at InGauge Healthcare Solutions. The aim of this seminar is to arm regulatory compliance professionals with total guidance to about how practice managers need to prepare for HIPAA audits. Since many changes have been suggested for 2017 for HIPAA; Brian will throw light on what changes can be expected under the Omnibus Rule and any other applicable updates for 2017.

The Director will explode the various misconceptions and myths about HIPAA, which are a major obstacle to ensuring HIPAA survival. He will explain real life audits conducted by the Federal government to explain HIPAA survival.  He will also illustrate which the highest risk factors for being sued for wrongful disclosures of PHI are, and the manner in which patients are now using state laws to sue for wrongful disclosures.

During the course of this seminar, Brian will cover the following areas:

  • History of HIPAA
  • HITECH
  • HIPAA Omnibus Rule
  • How to perform a HIPAA Security Risk Assessment
  • What is involved in a Federal audit and how is it conducted
  • Risk factors for a federal audit
  • EHR and HIPAA
  • Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Business Associates and HIPAA
  • In depth discussions on IT down to the nuts and bolts
  • BYOD
  • Risk factors that can cause an audit (low hanging fruit)
  • New rules which grant states ability to sue citing HIPAA on behalf of a patient
  • New funding measures

https://www.onr.com/blog/hipaa-audits-increase-2016-2017/