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’s compliance expectations from Business Associate

 

The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regards the Business Associate as a major player. HIPAA defines the Business Associate (BA) as either an organization or a person who works with or provides service to a Covered Entity, who in turn is defined as one who handles or discloses Protected Health Information (PHI).

So, a Business Associate is any person or entity that is involved in creating, receiving, maintaining or transmitting PHI to a Covered Entity for a purpose or activity or function as mandated and regulated by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Getting compliance right is complicated

While there is no ambiguity about the definition of a Business Associate; what is vague and confusing is the set of roles, responsibilities and requirements expected from a BA. HIPAA has a lot of expectations from the Business Associate. It expects total and complete compliance with the requirements it has set out for Business Associates.

The HITECH Act has recently made changes and updates, raising the bar of expectations from Business Associates. The reasoning for these changes is that the role of the Business Associate is critical, and its functions need to keep changing from time to time to accommodate the changes in technology, best practices, etc. As a result, it has extremely stringent mandates regarding the way a Business Associate handles and uses health information, which is confidential and highly valuable.

Compliance is not negotiable

A Business Associate has to show compliance with a wide range of regulatory requirements. The core areas of HIPAA compliance, such as privacy obligations, security standards, and breach notification requirements, are all where the Business Associate’s work is heavily regulated. A small deviation is viewed very seriously by the OCR. Punitive actions from the OCR are damaging to the Business Associate. The only way of avoiding these penal actions is to be completely compliant with the HIPAA expectations.

All these do not mean that Business Associates should dread HIPAA compliance implementation. They can become successful at their business if they get a complete grasp of HIPAA’s compliance requirements. They need clarity on a number of areas. Once their problem areas are addressed, they are sure to become successful in their business.

Come and get complete understanding of HIPAA compliance for Business Associates

It is with the aim of imparting this understanding that GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, will be organizing a two-day 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 of this seminar.

In order to get a complete grasp of the compliance requirements that HIPAA has for Business Associates, please register for this highly valuable seminar by logging on to HIPAA’s compliance expectations from Business Associate.

Total understanding of the requirements for Business Associates

The main aim of this course is to clear the confusions about the roles, requirements and responsibilities of the Business Associate, a role that is often shrouded in haziness. it is only when this is done that Business Associates will have the confidence to enter into contracts for providing services as a vendor or subcontractor. Jay will equip participants with complete understanding of what they must put in place to meet these requirements. In other words, he will help them get complete clarity on HIPAA compliance regulations for Business Associates.

The seminar will be very in-depth, as Jay will start with an understanding of the basics, such as why HIPAA was created, which will help participants get to the deeper aspects of HIPAA compliance requirements. Over the course of these two days, Jay Hodes will cover the following areas at this seminar:

  • Why was HIPAA created?
  • Who Must Comply with HIPAA Requirements?
  • What are the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules?
  • What are the Consequences of being a Business Associate
  • What is a HIPAA Compliance Program for a Business Associate?
  • What is a HIPAA Risk Management Plan?
  • What is a HIPAA Risk Assessment?
  • What is the Role of the HIPAA Security Official?
  • What are HIPAA training requirements?
  • What is a HIPAA data breach and what happens if it occurs?
  • What are the penalties and fines for non-compliance and how to avoid them
  • Case Examples of HIPAA Data Breaches
  • Creating a Culture of Compliance
  • Q&A.