HIPAA Audits & Enforcement; New Penalties & Push for Compliance
PRE-RECORDED AUDIO CONFERENCE
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: Request for replay on any day
Length: 60 Minutes
Enforcement Of HIPAA Regulations Is Being Stepped Up With New Fines And Penalties! Be Ready For an Audit In Advance.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)is actively developing plans to meet requirements in the HITECH Act in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for executing periodic audits of compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. By the end of 2102, up to 150 random HIPAA compliance audits will be carried out. Although in the past, audits had been carried out only at entities that had had a complaint filed against them; the new rule maintains that audits will be performed irrespective of a complaint. This implies that the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) can anytime show up and ask you to perform an audit on short notice, and your organization will need to be well prepared, or slapped with fines of up to $50,000 per day for every regulatory provision violated.
In this power packed Audio Conference compliance expert Jim Sheldon-Dean will discuss:
HIPAA audit and enforcement processes and how they apply to covered entities and business associates.
The enforcement regulations and their latest changes that has augmented fines and created new penalty levels, including new penalties for deliberate neglect of compliance.
Information and documentation that is required to be prepared in advance so that you can be ready for an audit.
The consequences of prior HHS audits (and their penalties) and the sample questions asked at these prior audits.
Register now for this 60-minute audio conference, and sidestep fines and penalties.
Take A Look At What You Will Learn:
Fines and penalties for violations of the HIPAA regulations have been considerably increased and now contain mandatory fines for deliberate negligence that begin at $10,000 minimum.
HIPAA Audits will be more frequent now.
Learn what HHS OCR is expected to ask you if you are chosen for an audit, and how you can prepare yourself.
Know the policies you can implement to ensure compliance and prepare yourself.
How the HIPAA rules have changed and what you need to change accordingly.
How having a good compliance practice can help you stay compliant and respond to audits more easily.
Understand the documentation required to survive an audit and how to evade fines.
Get an outline of what you'll need to think about to deal with existing and future threats to the security of patient information.
Jim Sheldon-Dean is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, a Vermont-based consulting firm founded in 1982, providing information privacy and security regulatory compliance services to a variety of health care providers, businesses, universities, small and large hospitals, urban and rural mental health and social service agencies, health insurance plans, and health care business associates.
Sheldon-Dean serves on the HIMSS Information Systems Security Workgroup, has co-chaired the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Privacy and Security Workgroup, serves on the WEDI Breach Notification sub-workgroup, and is a recipient of the WEDI 2011 Award of Merit. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA and information privacy and security compliance issues at seminars and conferences, including speaking engagements at numerous regional and national healthcare association conferences and conventions.
Sheldon-Dean has more than 30 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation, business process analysis, information systems and software development. His experience includes leading the development of health care related Web sites; award-winning, best-selling commercial utility software; and mission-critical, fault-tolerant communications satellite control systems. In addition, he has eight years of experience doing hands-on medical work as a Vermont certified volunteer emergency medical technician. Sheldon-Dean received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Vermont and his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.