Media Alert: Upcoming Free Webinar: How to Assess Your HIPAA-HITECH Security Compliance Program

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Clearwater Compliance founder and CEO, Bob Chaput, will be hosting a webinar on “How to Assess Your HIPAA-HITECH Security Compliance Program”

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Clearwater Compliance founder and CEO, Bob Chaput, will be hosting a webinar on “How to Assess Your HIPAA-HITECH Security Compliance Program”

The Challenge:
The HITECH Act, which was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, significantly modified and strengthened many aspects of the HIPAA Security Rule (and Privacy Rule), including the penalties that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could impose for violations of the HIPAA rules.

In June of 2011, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) hired Virginia-based audit firm KPMG to implement its HITECH-required HIPAA compliance auditing plan. The audits are underway. Section 13411 of The HITECH Act, passed in 2009, states that periodic audits must be conducted to ensure covered entities and business associates are complying with HIPAA-HITECH requirements. According to a $9.2 million contract that was provide by the Department of Health and Human Services, KPMG will audit ~150 entities by the close of 2012. OCR has also added investigators in 10 regional OCR offices with the expectation to conduct more HIPAA security compliant investigations and compliance reviews.

Many CEs have ignored the law for the last five years. A majority of BAs are not even aware of their new obligations under the law. Will compliance change? -- Most experts think so and so do we! The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has been called a "game changer" because it significantly strengthens many aspects of the HIPAA Security Rule (and Privacy Rule), including the penalties that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could impose for violations of the HIPAA rules as well as enforcement.

The Solution:
Learn Exactly Where You Stand
If you create, receive, maintain or transmit ePHI, you need to attend this webinar. No matter where you are in your HIPAA-HITECH compliance journey and no matter where you are in the ePHI "chain of trust", you will benefit from ideas on how to:

  •     Jump-start your program
  • Revitalize your compliance efforts
  • Update your program with HITECH requirements
  • Develop an internal benchmarking system
  • Implement safeguards as soon as possible
  • Evaluate current administrative, physical and technical safeguards

The Results:
This material covered in this live web event has been purposefully designed help the all organizations from the largest CEs and BAs (e.g., hospitals, insurors, care management firms, etc) to the smallest BAs and subcontractors (e.g., small medical practices, clinics, dental offices, medical billing companies, IT companies, etc.). You will receive practical, actionable advice and approaches to assessing your security compliance program as well as the actual security it provides your data.

If you are a “Business Associate” or “Covered Entity” or a “subcontractor” that creates, receives, maintains or transmits ePHI, you will benefit from this Live Web Event.

Who Should Attend?
Business leaders and managers with responsibility for Risk Management, Corporate Compliance, and HIPAA-HITECH Privacy and Security compliance should attend. CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Privacy Officers, Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Officers.

Agenda:
This session is offered as a 60-minute Live Web Event using the GoToWebinar platform. The open format encourages questions during and after the session. Attendees will receive the presentation materials.

No matter where you are in your HIPAA-HITECH compliance journey, you will benefit from learning:

  •      Review the HIPAA Security Final Rule
  •      Learn about major changes brought about by The HITECH Act
  •      Learn about the new Civil Monetary Penalty System
  •      Receive insight into past OCR audits and how they might impact current audit protocols
  •      Learn how to assess your compliance with the law
  •      Learn practical, actionable steps to take today to mitigate risk and help assure compliance

This webinar is designed to help CEs, BAs and subcontractors assess both the compliance and security of your HIPAA-HITECH Compliance program and to prepare your organization for a potential audit.

WHEN:    Thursday, May 3, 2012

WHERE:     http://abouthipaa.com/hipaa-webinars/how-to-assess-your-hipaa-hitech-security-compliance-program-live-webinar/

TIME:    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:    Practice Managers and Administrators, Compliance Officers, CISOs, CIOs and IT managers.

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