The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program has had a year of trial audits, and those audits have been a trial for the entities that received them. The US Department of Health and Human Services has reviewed the results of that work and the new HIPAA audit program is being revived in Fiscal Year 2014. USDHHS has published the protocol used for the 2012 HIPAA audits by the HHS contractors, so it is possible to know much better now how to prepare for an audit. Nearly any health care covered entity may be subject to an audit; all entities need to know what kinds of information they'll need to provide and how to prevent issues that could lead to violations and fines.
The new HIPAA rule calls for audits irrespective of a complaint or breach, whereas previously, audits had been performed only at entities that reported a breach or had a complaint filed against them. Now the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) can show up anytime to perform an audit, and your organization will need to provide a response in less than fifteen business days. Surviving a HIPAA audit becomes much easier if you knowing what questions have been asked in at prior HIPAA compliance audits.
The new HIPAA rules have higher fines, including mandatory minimum fines of $10,000 for willful neglect of compliance. For this reason, it’s more important to be ready for an audit, as officials have publicly stated that enforcement is now a priority.
In this audio session, Jim Sheldon-Dean will review the HIPAA audit program and how it works. He’ll also review the contents of the HIPAA Audit Protocol used in 2012 to explain the documentation that needs to be on hand should your organization be selected for an audit in 2014
The HIPAA Audit Protocol is not necessarily easy to use in its incarnation as a Web-based tool, and it does have several deficiencies because of the changes in the rules that became enforceable September 23, 2013. This session will present methods for using the contents of the HIPAA Audit Protocol to build your own compliance plan by extracting and updating the contents and relating your compliance activities directly to the questions that might be asked.
Jim will discuss the enforcement regulations and processes of HIPAA audit, and how they apply to HIPAA covered entities and business associates, and the new random HIPAA compliance audit program in particular. You’ll get an explanation of the enforcement regulations and the recent changes that increase fines
You’ll know the information and documentation requirements for surviving an audit, so that you can be ready for an audit at any time. Sample information request forms and questions asked at prior audits, including the new HIPAA Audit Protocol
Also, find out if you can become the subject of an audit or enforcement action, and what all you can do to limit your exposure. In this session, we’ll discuss how most enforcement actions come about and what can be done to prevent incidents that lead to enforcement activity
Comprehend the recent changes to HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification regulations and how they will be audited. Also, understand the documentation requirements and a framework of security policies for compliance
Jim will also discuss the HIPAA Audit Protocol questions and ways of using the content to develop a compliance plan. Also, get the process of exporting the questions and a sample spreadsheet showing the results
Find out the results of prior HHS audits and their penalties, including recent actions involving multi-million dollar fines and settlements. Also, know how to prepare for an audit and respond to an audit request, basically a thorough plan for attaining compliance. Plus, get insights on the upcoming trends in information security risks, so that you can stay in compliance and keep patient information private and secure
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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.
- Jim Sheldon-Dean
- Jim Sheldon-Dean
- Kim Stanger
- Michael-Marron Stearns
- Thomas J. Force
Jim Sheldon-Dean is a healthcare compliance and HIPAA expert in the areas of privacy and security regulatory compliance and business process analysis, He 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 healthcare entities. Jim is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA...
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