HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures - The Foundation for Training, Compliance, and Audit Survival

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Tue, Dec 11, 2012
60 minutes
Product Description

Reviewing HIPAA Privacy Rule And Procedures. Are You Prepared For The Changes ??

HIPAA Privacy Rule has been under changes; penalties for violations have significantly increased, audits of compliance are becoming more commonplace, particularly following privacy and security breaches.  Some of the changes brought about by the HITECH Act enhances patient rights, but impose technical and procedural burdens on the entities that must comply. Existing policies and procedures should be evaluated to ensure they meet the current requirements, and it is equally as important to consider how your policies will need to be modified to meet the proposed new rules for access and accounting of disclosures, as well as the new restrictions on some disclosures that used to be allowed.  Plus, all entities should be aware of the new enforcement and audit requirements so that they can understand what is at stake with non-compliance.

Join this enlightening session presented by expert speaker Jim Sheldon-Dean, who'll describe the policies and procedures that must be in place under the current HIPAA Privacy Rule and will provide detailed information on how those policies and procedures are expected to change based on the proposed and interim final rules now in place.  Jim will detail the steps that must be included in policies for such HIPAA-required activities as providing access of information to patients, accountings of disclosures, amendments of records, and notices of privacy practices. The role of training and education will be discussed and the new enforcement and audit activities will be described.  Documentation requirements will be explored and results of prior HHS audits (and their penalties) will be discussed. A plan for attaining compliance will be presented.

Talking points of the audio event:

  • HIPAA has been in place for years but many offices have forgotten about their policies and procedures for compliance with the Privacy Rule.
  • New changes are proposed for the Privacy Rule that will have a major impact on how offices comply.  
  • Electronic Health Records pose new challenges to HIPAA compliance, privacy and security.
  • Changes to rules on releases of information, accountings of disclosures, and restrictions on disclosures all have the potential to disrupt the usual operations of HIPAA covered entities.
  • Changes to the rules for Business Associates will require reviewing all your agreements and updating them to the new rules.
  • Fines and penalties for violations of the HIPAA regulations have been significantly increased and now include mandatory fines for willful negligence that begin at $10,000 minimum.
  • HIPAA Audits have been few and far between in the past, but that’s now changing – the HHS will be auditing HIPAA covered entities and business associates even if there have been no complaints or problems reported, but especially when there are.
  • Find out what the rules are that you need to comply with and what policies you can adopt that can help you come into compliance.
  • Find out what you’ll need to have documented to survive an audit and avoid fines.

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

Who should attend? Compliance Manager, Privacy Officer, HIPAA Officer, Chief Information Officer, Health Information Manager, Medical Office Manager, Medical Practice Lawyer, CFO, CEO, COO, Risk Manager.

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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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