Even smaller physician groups have wound up in the enforcers’ crosshairs, with net settlements for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently implementing audits to meet requirements in the HITECH Act in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for performing periodic audits of compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, and up to 150 random HIPAA compliance audits will be performed by the end of 2012.
In addition, new audit and enforcement activity is taking place related to the new HIPAA Breach Notification Rule – when a breach is reported, HHS inspectors can investigate to determine if a penalty is warranted. This means that the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) can show up at your door and ask to perform an audit on short notice, and your organization will need to be ready, or face fines of up to $50,000 per day for each regulatory provision violated.
In this audio conference, our expert Jim Sheldon-Dean, will discuss the HIPAA audit and enforcement processes and how they apply to covered entities and business associates. He'll explain the enforcement regulations and their recent changes that increase fines and create new penalty levels, including new penalties for willful neglect of compliance. Also he'll discuss what information and documentation needs to be prepared in advance so that you can be ready for an audit without notice. Sample questions asked at prior audits will be presented.
Join now for this enlightening event and you'll learn how to know if you may become the subject of an audit or enforcement action, and what you can do to help limit your exposure. Jim will discuss how most enforcement actions come about and what can be done to prevent incidents that lead to enforcement. Know about the results of prior HHS audits (and their penalties), including recent actions involving multi-million dollar fines and settlements.
Take A Look At What's Included:
Who should attend? Compliance Manager, Compliance Officer, Risk Manager, HIPAA Officer, Chief Information Officer, Health Information Manager, Medical Office Manager, Medical Practice Lawyer, CFO, CEO, COO, Privacy Officer, Information Security Officer
- Thomas J. Force, Esq.
- Jonathan P Tomes,
- Melody S. Irvine,
- Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPMA, CCS, AHIMA-Approved
- Toni G. Cesta, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
- Michelle Ann Richards, BSHA, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPPM
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... More Info
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