Knowing what to expect in a HIPAA audit is the key to passing it

Knowing what to expect in a HIPAA audit is the key to passing itHealthcare professionals have to mandatorily carry out HIPAA audits in a way that satisfies the regulatory authorities. This needs a thorough understanding of the exact meaning and import of words contained in HIPAA. They also need to get a grasp of the purpose and intent conveyed in HIPAA’s language. This is absolutely essential for both the Covered Entity and the Business Associate to ensure HIPAA survival.

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A new challenge has come up. For 2017, the federal government is set to increase the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)’s budget by 10 percent with the intention of increasing the OCR’s resources for carrying out HIPAA audits and to also reinforce the OCR’s efforts towards HIPAA audits.

Also, the OCR now requires Business Associates and Covered Entities to show compliance with around 180 areas as part of Phase 2 of HIPAA with a response window of just 10 days. The OCR has also clearly stated that its audit protocol is no longer going to be satisfied with general and vague references to policy documents from Covered Entities and Business Associates 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.

So, 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.

Learning on what it takes for HIPAA survival

Learning on what it takes for HIPAA survival

A proper grasp of the art of HIPAA survival will be the expert guidance a two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly popular provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance, will be offering. Want to benefit from it? Then, please enroll for it by visiting Knowing what to expect in a HIPAA audit is the key to passing it

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 on 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 bust 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 from his experience of having been in over a thousand risk assessments during his career.  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

 

 

 

HIPAA compliance expectations from Small Healthcare Providers

For The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Business Associate is a major component. According to HIPAA, a Business Associate (BA) is an organization or a person who works with or provides service to a Covered Entity. A CE is one who handles or discloses Protected Health Information (PHI). This makes a Business Associate any person or entity that is involved in creating, receiving, maintaining or transmitting PHI to a CE for a purpose or activity or function as mandated and regulated by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Small businesses struggle with meeting HIPAA requirements

There are specific requirements that small healthcare practices need to put in place and to show that their program is current and meets the regulatory requirements set out in HIPAA. They need to conceive and implement a HIPAA compliance program that meets the requirements set out in this legislation. The compliance program should not only be adequate; it should be robust and resilient enough to withstand HIPAA’s strict scrutiny at various levels.

Helping small healthcare providers with the knowledge and skill needed for meeting HIPAA requirements is the purpose of a two-day seminar that is being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance. At this seminar, Jay Hodes, who is a leading expert in HIPAA compliance and President of Colington Consulting, which provides HIPAA consulting services for healthcare providers and Business Associates, will be the Director.

Want to get a complete understanding of the requirements that small healthcare providers need to meet to comply with HIPAA requirements? Just register for this learning session by visiting HIPAA compliance expectations from Small Healthcare Providers.

Full explanation of what all a small business provider needs to do

This seminar is particularly created for small healthcare providers who have a difficulty in understanding the HIPAA compliance requirements and meeting them. It will be useful for those of various business sizes, but is primarily focused on the small healthcare provider. Jay will impart the kind of teaching with which organizations will be able to meet all of the HIPAA, HITECH, and Omnibus Rules.

The basis to implementing the requirements of compliance program is to first fully understand them. This is the learning that this seminar will offer. At the end of two days of intense learning that will be interspersed with lively presentations; participants will have inculcated a full grasp of all of the requirements for a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program. They will also have got a clear understanding of the kind of steps that they need to take to mitigate risk.

Steps needed to develop, review and amend HIPAA

The Director will include practical exercises over these two days that will help participants know all that is needed for developing, reviewing, and amending HIPAA policy and procedure. He will equip the participants with a clear roadmap for what needs to be place when it comes to all of the HIPAA regulations.

Over the two days, Jay will cover the following areas:

o  Why was HIPAA created?

o  Who Must Comply with HIPAA Requirements?

o  What are the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules?

o  What are the Consequences of being a Business Associate

o  What is a HIPAA Compliance Program for a Business Associate?

o  What is a HIPAA Risk Management Plan?

o  What is a HIPAA Risk Assessment?

o  What is the Role of the HIPAA Security Official?

o  What are HIPAA training requirements?

o  What is a HIPAA data breach and what happens if it occurs?

o  What are the penalties and fines for non-compliance and how to avoid them

o  Case Examples of HIPAA Data Breaches

o  Creating a Culture of Compliance

o  Q&A.