Our training courses meet or exceed government requirements for the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules
Washinton, DC (PRWEB) May 18, 2016
Colington Consulting, a leading provider of HIPAA compliance services and training for small to mid-size organizations, is saving healthcare organizations that are ill prepared for data breaches, audits and cyberattacks and the lawsuits and fines that come along with them.
“Penalties for HIPAA violations, which include not training your workforce, can reach $1.5 million or more depending on the level of negligence and the number of violations of various federal codes,” says President and Founder of Colington Consulting Jay Hodes, former Assistant Inspector General of Investigations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The HIPAA Security Rule requires that all staff of covered entities and business associates receive security awareness training annually. Training records may be requested by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) during an audit or compliance review. “Educating your workforce is an important aspect in helping to prevent breaches from occurring and making sure the proper safeguards are in place to protect health information and records,” says Hodes.
Parkview Health System, Inc. agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services OCR for potential HIPAA violations. Parkview paid $800,000 and was required to adopt a corrective action plan to address deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program. One of those deficiencies includes training, the kind of training Colington Consulting provides.
Colington Consulting has developed innovative web-based programs that allow organizations to meet regulatory requirements, avoid costly fines and potential lawsuits and save time in the process. As a new option, Colington Consulting now offers an instructor-led webinar for healthcare professionals and business associates required to complete annual HIPAA Security Awareness Training. Or, participants can complete the program through a web-based program that takes as little as 60 minutes. The programs are not only easily accessible, they are affordable. But, says Hodes, most importantly, they are effective.
For more information on Colington Consulting and HIPAA training, please visit our website at http://www.colingtonsecurity.com.