Bob Chaput of Clearwater Compliance to Speak at Sixth Annual Conference of the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA)

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HIPAA-HITECH Compliance Expert to Address How to Revitalize Your HIPAA-HITECH Compliance Program

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We thought every TLPCA member could benefit from Bob’s knowledge and practical experience and are excited that he agreed to further educate our members on this important matter.” - Kim Speakman, Director of Compliance, Mental Health Cooperative, Inc.

Clearwater Compliance is pleased to announce its CEO and Founder, Bob Chaput, has been invited to speak at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA) in Nashville.

“Waves of Change is the theme of the conference and certainly the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009 has created a significant ‘wave of change,’” according to Mr. Chaput, “because it significantly strengthened many aspects of the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules and expanded the scope of organizations that must comply. HITECH brought us enforcement for the first time, including setting out penalties that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could impose for violations of the HIPAA rules. Clearwater Compliance has helped many health care covered entities and business associates strengthen their compliance programs through education programs, software and services. We are pleased to have the opportunity to share information and insights at events such as this one.”

The conference is being held in Nashville, TN on April 27, 2012. Kim Speakman, TLPCA Board Member and Director of Compliance for Nashville-based Mental Health Cooperative (MHC) has first-hand experience with the complex task of assessing of their organization’s compliance program in relation to the more stringent requirements of the regulations. “We’re pleased to have Mr. Chaput participate in our annual conference. Building and maintaining a strong compliance program is not simply a short-term project, for which you can ‘check the box’ and be done. It requires a culture change throughout the organization. Our work with Clearwater Compliance helped us create our culture of compliance and complete critical baseline assessments, so we could prioritize and develop a plan to strengthen our program. We thought every TLPCA member could benefit from Bob’s knowledge and practical experience and are excited that he agreed to further educate our members on this very important matter.”

Bob is one of the most recognized regulatory experts within the HIPAA-HITECH sector. He has been responsible for the security and compliance of some of the world’s largest healthcare databases, and has founded and grown several businesses to help organizations comply with strict regulations around the security, privacy, integrity, and availability of data. Bob regularly speaks and writes on HIPAA and HITECH compliance issues, and eagerly embraced the internet as a way to educate and help a larger audience.

About Clearwater Compliance: http://clearwatercompliance.com
Clearwater Compliance http://www.clearwatercompliance.com helps Covered Entities, Business Associates and their Subcontractors assess their HIPAA-HITECH compliance programs, identify gaps and prioritize remediation efforts to ensure the greatest return on capital and resource investments. It delivers that return on compliance investment through education, tools and software, risk management solutions and professional services and consulting. Clearwater Compliance is the Co-Sponsor of the American National Standards Institute Publication of the Report on “The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security”. For more information, visit: http://ANSI.org/PHI.

About TLPCA: http://www.tlpca.net
TLPCA is an organization of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) from across the State of Tennessee that exclusively meets the growing professional demands on mental health counselors. They are a state-wide organization with the mission to enhance the profession of mental health counselling in Tennessee and its regions, through licensing, advocacy, education, and professional development. For more information about TLPCA, visit http://www.tlpca.net/index.cfm.

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