Recent and upcoming changes to HIPAA that expand the regulation’s reach and increase enforcement, along with Federal incentives to adopt electronic health records, have created a perfect storm for the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). To meet many of the requirements, it will be necessary to carefully define the Designated Record Set to which the regulations apply, which may not have been done previously. To qualify for incentive funding, providers must perform HIPAA Security compliance activities that may have been sidestepped in the past, but no longer can be due to new, higher penalties, including mandatory penalties starting in the tens of thousands of dollars for willful neglect of compliance.
Providers will need to change how they do business to meet the new requirements as they move to newer electronic records systems, and qualifying for the funding will require the kind of attention to privacy and security that health information has always deserved.
During this 60-minute audio conference, our expert speaker Jim Sheldon-Dean will review for you the new and expected regulations and will discuss their effects on the use of EHRs. Jim will provide insights on: what policies need to be changed and how, how disclosures must be tracked in an EHR, review the various ways patient records can be supplied electronically, discuss the requirements for meeting the mandatory Privacy and Security Objective in the meaningful use regulations (including requirements for a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis), and show what policies and evidence you need to produce if you are audited by the HHS Office of Civil Rights. The new enforcement penalty structure and the new program for random audits by HHS OCR will be described in this session.
Who should attend? Compliance Manager, HIPAA Officer, Chief Information Officer, Health Information Manager, Medical Office Manager, Medical Practice Lawyer, CFO, CEO, COO. Privacy Officer, Information Security Officer.
- Duane C. Abbey, Ph.D.
- Rob J. Thurston ,
- Thomas J. Force, Esq.
- Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH
- Dr. Dreama Sloan-Kelly, MD, CCS
- John Burke,
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 wide variety of health care entities. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA, including speaking engagements at numerous regional and national healthcare association conferences and conventions and the annual NIST/OCR HIPAA Security Conference. Sheldon-Dean has more...
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