Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) September 22, 2011
HHS has shown that it is no longer likely to be forgiving because healthcare has had 10 years to put patient privacy and data security policies and procedures in place. The federal push for EHRs only adds a stronger motivation for OCR to take a more aggressive stance.
First, through its Aug. 15 enforcement reports to Congress on breach notification and HIPAA enforcement, OCR has informed everyone about which areas are of immediate concern.It is highly unlikely that OCR’s audit program will not address these issues after telling Congress that those issues are major problems.
Second, OCR revealed some key details in its contract solicitation for an auditor.
Third, the HHS breach notification programs for small and large breaches continue to reveal key weaknesses that the agency has addressed and will continue to address through its HIPAA privacy rule investigative authority.
Fourth, OCR’s has focused on new aspects of HIPAA in recent years that suggest some audit areas may contain some surprises.
By the time OCR finalizes its audit approach and selects its first targets, it will be difficult for many covered entities to get into compliance in time to prepare for an audit.
Healthcare organizations, which have not prepared properly, will not be able to create a credible program quickly.
As important, those with HIPAA compliance programs still must keep them up-to-date. Privacy and particularly security are shifting targets. In other words, simply having some policies and procedures in place may not be enough.
To assist healthcare privacy and security officials and business associates plan practical steps to improve their compliance programs in anticipation of the audits, Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is sponsoring a 90-minute webinar:
Strategic Planning to Protect Yourself from HIPAA Audits
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
1 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE BRIEFED ON:
- The current status of OCR’s audit program;
- What OCR’s contracts for HIPAA auditors tells the industry about the nature of the audits;
- The implications of OCR’s reports to Congress on the focus of the audits;
- Key issues that OCR audit are likely to include; and
- Establishing a strategy and plan for HIPAA audits.
WHO SHOULD LISTEN
- Senior Healthcare Executives
- Privacy and Security Officers
- Healthcare CIOs
- HIPAA Business Associates
- Healthcare Payers
- HIM Professionals
- Third Party Administrators
- Research Administrators
- Business Insurers
- EHR Professionals
- PHR Vendors
- State and Federal Government Policymakers
- Healthcare Attorneys
- Healthcare Consultants
ADAM GREENE is a veteran health law attorney and a former key regulator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he played a fundamental role in administering and enforcing HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification rules. At HHS, Adam was responsible for determining how HIPAA rules apply to new and emerging health information technologies. He was instrumental in the development of the current enforcement process.
DENNIS MELAMED is editor and publisher of Health Information Privacy/Security Alert, has 30 years of experience analyzing and researching business and regulatory issues in Washington, DC. Dennis is an adjunct professor at the Drexel College of Medicine, where he lectures on health data stewardship topics, electronic health data and issues related to biomedical product regulation. He was the chief editor and lead author of the three-volume HIPAA Handbook reference set. He is a frequent lecturer and columnist on health information confidentiality and security issues and has served as a consultant to the National Governors Association's State Alliance for E-Health.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
All seminar participants will receive a certificate of participation
The webinar also qualifies for 1.5 IAPP Credits
REGISTRATION & SPECIAL PRICING
Because of Melamedia's firm belief that privacy and security compliance should be as inexpensive as possible, the the course charges have been significantly reduced.
Register online at http://www.melamedia.com
ORDERING THE CD w/COURSE MATERIALS
The CD with course materials for this webinar make an excellent training and education tool:
Order online at http://www.melamedia.com