HIPAA Enforcement by States & HHS: Get Ready to Respond to Your State's Attorney General & the Office for Civil Rights

Event Information
Product Format
Live Audio Conference
Conference Date
Add to my calendar   Wed, Jan 09, 2019
Aired Time
1 pm ET | 12 pm CT | 11 am MT | 10 am PT
60 minutes
Product Description

Learn How to Confidently Prevent and/or Respond to HIPAA Enforcement by States and HHS

Enforcement of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules has become a significant reality. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is now involved, with penalties running into millions of dollars. And the individual state Attorneys General are also picking up the enforcement ball and running with it, leading to several recent penalties in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even if there is a slowdown in enforcement at the Federal level, enforcement activities continue where the state AGs see their states’ residents’ rights to the privacy and security of their health information threatened. Now, more than ever, it is essential to have your HIPAA compliance in order so that you can avoid the significant penalties for non-compliance.

Learn how to prevent and/or respond to HIPAA enforcement by states and the HHS in this information-packed session with healthcare compliance and HIPAA expert Jim Sheldon-Dean. Sheldon-Dean will discuss HIPAA enforcement activities; how they work, including how state Attorneys General can play a role in enforcement; and the areas that caused the most issues in prior audits and enforcement actions. He will explore what kind of issues and entities had the most problems, and show where those entities need to improve their compliance the most. He will also explore the typical risk issues that lead to breaches of health information, and see how those issues may lead to significant penalties for non-compliance.

Sheldon-Dean will also discuss the results of prior HIPAA audits and enforcement actions (and their penalties), including recent actions involving multi-million-dollar fines and settlements, as well as penalties levied as a result of state lawsuits. He will present a plan for attaining compliance, along with the steps you need to take to prepare for and respond to a compliance review or audit request.

After attending this session, you will learn what information and documentation must be prepared in advance so that you can be ready for an audit or enforcement review at any time, including sample information request forms and questions asked in prior audits and reviews. You will also learn to foresee if you may become the subject of an audit or enforcement action, and what you can do to help limit your exposure. You will know how most enforcement actions come about, and what you can do to prevent incidents that lead to enforcement activity.

Session Highlights

This session will focus on the following key takeaways for you:

  • Learn about how the HIPAA enforcement rules work, and how HIPAA investigations can take place.
  • Find out how state Attorneys General can initiate enforcement actions through filing civil suits under Federal Law.
  • Learn about the penalties that can apply for non-compliance with accepted health information privacy and security practices.
  • Find out what you'll need to have documented to survive an audit or compliance review and avoid fines.
  • Learn how to make the HHS HIPAA Audit Protocol useful to you as a way to organize and track your compliance work, and collect your documentation references.
  • Learn how to use an information security management process to evaluate risks and make decisions about how best to protect health information and meet patient needs and desires, as well as avoid penalties for non-compliance.

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance officers and directors
  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • Privacy officers
  • Security officers
  • Information systems managers
  • HIPAA officers
  • Chief information officers
  • Health information managers
  • Healthcare counsels/lawyers
  • Office managers
  • Contracts managers

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Jim Sheldon Dean - HIPAA Compliance & Regulations Expert

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...   More Info
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