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HIPAA and the role of the Security Officer

Security Officers or Compliance Officers have their task cut out when it comes to HIPAA implementation. With the changes taking place at the Health and Human Services (HHS) in relation to HIPAA enforcement; both Covered Entities and Business Associates need to insulate themselves from being vulnerable to audit risk. Any small letup will allow individuals whose PHI has been wrongfully disclosed due to bad IT or internal administrative practices to sue them and seek damages.

Given the importance that HIPAA implementation holds for practice or business managers, or compliance offers in the light of the fact that audits could occur at any time; it is absolutely imperative for them to get a complete grasp of the nitty-gritty of HIPAA implementation.

New laws and funding have increased compliance risks for both Business Associates and Covered Entities. Complete knowledge of HIPAA Omnibus, what it means to Covered Entities and Business Associates, what they need to do in view of these changes, and why lapses have to be avoided at all costs is very important.  Having an affective HIPAA compliance program is the antidote to these problems.

Learn the ways of putting an effective HIPAA compliance program in place

The ways of putting such a compliance program in place is the learning that a webinar from MentorHealth, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of healthcare, will be offering. Brian L. Tuttle, a Certified Professional in Health IT (CPHIT), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) and Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA) with over 15 years’ experience in Health IT and Compliance Consulting; will be the speaker at this webinar.

Want to gain insights into how to prepare for HIPAA audits and ensure that you do not get pulled up or penalized? Then, please register for this webinar

The central theme of this webinar session is to enable participants to put their HIPAA house in order before the imminent audits occur. A major topic covered at this webinar is the major changes under the Omnibus Rule and any other applicable updates for 2017 and what steps compliance officers need to take to ensure compliance. Other important areas relating to HIPAA, such as texting, email, encryption, medical messaging, voice data and risk factors, will be explained as they relate to IT.

Clearing the myths of HIPAA implementation

Brian will underline how myths and misconceptions can get in the way of HIPAA implementation. This is a very major reason for which so many Covered Entities and Business Associates get hauled up by the HHS. Education about the myths and reality is the key to avoiding being in this situation. Brian will offer this. He will also set to rest the misleading information that is all over the place regarding the do’s and don’ts of HIPAA. He will offer clarity on this topic, which will enable compliance officers to go about their HIPAA implementation without problems. He will detail court cases that are changing the landscape of HIPAA and patients’ ability to sue.

The clarity that Brian will offer regarding the many myths about HIPAA is the result of over a thousand risk assessments performed he has carried out over the years, where he has dealt directly with the Office of Civil Rights HIPAA auditors.

He will also explain many real life litigated cases in which he has worked, where HIPAA is being used to justify state cases of negligence. He will explain how this is becoming a huge risk. Also explained at this course is what the highest risk factors for being sued, as well as being audited, are. Often, these two go hand in hand.  

At this highly valuable learning session, Brian will cover the following topics:

  • Updates for 2017
  • Requirements of Compliance Officers
  • Real life Litigated cases
  • BYOD
  • Portable Devices
  • Business Associates and the increased burden
  • Emailing of PHI
  • Texting of PHI
  • Federal Audit Process
  • HIPAA and Suing - how this works
  • Risk Assessment
  • Best Resources

This webinar is highly valuable for professionals who deal with HIPAA Security, such as     Practice Managers, any Business Associates who work with Medical Practices or Hospitals (i.e. Billing Companies, Transcription Companies, IT Companies, Answering Services, Home Health, Coders, Attorneys, etc.), MD's, and other Medical Professionals.

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