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HIPAA survival needs intimate knowledge of the nuances of the law

HIPAA survival is one of the great challenges for a healthcare entity. HIPAA audits are complex, and they need understanding of the jargon and the semantics of the words mentioned in the document to survive. Both the Covered Entity and the Business Associate need to know exactly what to do in order to pass a HIPAA audit. This is all the more important and necessary considering that the federal budget has plans of raising the budget for the OCR in 2017 by about 10% over 2016, reflecting just how serious the OCR is about HIPAA audits.

When one considers that Phase 2 of HIPAA requires compliance with something like 180 areas and allows just 10 days for response; it goes without saying that HIPAA survival is a high priority for Covered Entities and their Business Associates. Moreover, the OCR’s audit protocol clearly states that those entities that are being audited have to furnish the exact documents required and not offer broad references to policy documents.

Being even slightly lax in being prepared for Phase 2 HIPAA audits can lead to difficulties at the audit. So, HIPAA survival entails having to be one’s toes all the time and having all the edges covered and leaving nothing to chance. HIPAA survival is about putting a process in place and overseeing and implementing it with utmost diligence and attentiveness all the time.

Covered Entities and Business Associates are the target of HIPAA audits

So, where do all these place Covered Entities and Business Associates that are the target of HIPAA audits? There is simply no room for complacence. They have to be absolutely on their guard when facing HIPAA audits. HIPAA survival has to be cultivated as a means for this. The more they hard-wire the art of HIPAA survival into their practice, the better.

The ways by which Covered Entities and Business Associates deal with HIPAA survival is the subject of a two-day seminar that GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly popular provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance, will be organizing. To enroll for this highly useful and important session on HIPAA survival, jus log on to http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~produc....

At this seminar, Brian L Tuttle, a senior Compliance Consultant & IT Manager at InGauge Healthcare Solutions, will educate regulatory compliance professionals about how practice managers need to prepare for HIPAA audits. This seminar will address major changes under the Omnibus Rule and any other applicable updates for 2017. Brian will also cover other related, critical areas such as:

o  Texting

o  Email

o  Encryption

o  Medical messaging

o  Voice data, and

o  Risk factors as they relate to IT.

Brian will dispel many of the myths covering this convoluted law. He will discuss the do’s and don’ts of HIPAA survival, and will also cover the critical area of the highest risk factors for being sued for wrongful disclosures of PHI and the manner in which patients are now using state laws to sue for wrongful disclosures.

During the course of this seminar, Brian will cover the following areas:

o  History of HIPAA

o  HITECH

o  HIPAA Omnibus Rule

o  How to perform a HIPAA Security Risk Assessment

o  What is involved in a Federal audit and how is it conducted

o  Risk factors for a federal audit

o  EHR and HIPAA

o  Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning

o  Business Associates and HIPAA

o  In depth discussions on IT down to the nuts and bolts

o  BYOD

o  Risk factors that can cause an audit (low hanging fruit)

o  New rules which grant states ability to sue citing HIPAA on behalf of a patient

o  New funding measures

https://www.onr.com/blog/hipaa-audits-increase-2016-2017/  

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