Top 10 HIPAA Issue in HIPAA Breaches & Enforcement Action

The HIPAA HOT List: Key Issues in HIPAA Compliance Today

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The Top 10 HIPAA Compliance Issues you need to be Aware of to avoid willful neglect of compliance that begin at $10,000

HIPAA compliance requires you to consider dozens and dozens of practices your office engages in, but what are the most likely issues to cause problems in HIPAA compliance?  It is important to make sure you take care of the most likely issues to cause you trouble, and this session by expert speaker Jim Sheldon-Dean will present the Top 10 issues exposed in HIPAA breaches, enforcement actions, and audit activities.

In HIPAA compliance, you need to handle Protected Health Information properly and follow your HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rule requirements. When there are problems related to audit, breaches, complaints etc. you may have to face an enforcement action which can reach up to millions of dollars. You may also face correction action plans which can again take you years to complete which will cost you much more than monetary settlements.

Simple things could lead to violations and they can be easily prevented if policies and procedures are implemented and people are trained on them. Various violation settlements involve improper consideration of the requirements in the Security Rule, which lead to the involvement of extensive procedures and policies based on thorough entity-wide risk analysis. Issues have also been revealed in prior HHS Audits and the HIPAA Breach Reporting process, illustrating where failures in compliance preparations can lead to difficult audits and expensive breaches to report.  And the latest technologies and hackers are only increasing the risks of a security problem.

If you’re under the HIPAA regulations, you have to know the Top issues which organizations are facing in HIPAA compliance these days, and understand the issues most prevalent in breaches, enforcements and audits – so that, you can avoid such issues and the impact they will have on your organization. If you fail to do so, it will lead to financial settlements, you will have to pay fines or get into corrective action plans, all of which will affect your organization severely. Jim, in this session, is going to provide you with the needed information which will help you be aware of significant consequences and help you avoid the Top 10 HIPAA Compliance issues. Know the HIPAA enforcement actions that have taken place and examine the enforcement which has taken place, and what should have been done so as to prevent enforcement and much more!

Session Highlights:

  • HIPAA enforcement processes and how do they apply to business associates and covered entities.
  • The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification regulations (and the recent changes to them) and how their compliance will be evaluated in enforcement circumstances.
  • Recent changes to the HIPAA enforcement regulations that increase fines and create new penalty levels, including new penalties for willful neglect of compliance that begin at $10,000. 
  • The information and documentation that needs to be prepared in advance so that you can be ready for an enforcement review or an audit without notice. 
  • The results of prior HHS enforcement actions and audits (and their penalties), including recent actions involving multi-million dollar fines and settlements. 
  • Identification of weaknesses in organizational compliance.
  • Questions asked in prior audits and enforcement reviews.
  • Future threats to the security of patient information.
  • The importance of a good compliance process to help you stay compliant more easily.

The session will also cover:

  • The Tiered Penalty structure
  • The HHS Resolution agreements
  • Enforcement lessons learnt
  • 2012 HIPAA Audit Program Highlights
  • Reports to Congress on Breaches and lessons learnt
  • Explanation of HIPAA breach and if it is reportable
  • Incident/Breach Notification Policy
  • Individual Access of PHI - §164.524, Amendment of PHI - §164.526, Notice of Privacy Practices - §164.520
  • Patient Communications Guidance
  • Risk Analysis Guidance
  • Information Security Management Process
  • HIPAA §164.306: General Rules
  • §164.308 Administrative Safeguards, §164.310 Physical Safeguards & §164.312 Technical Safeguards
  • Mitigation Planning for Portable Devices
  • BYOD, Mobile Devices policies and secure texting solutions
  • Protecting PHI in motion and at rest
  • Documentation and Training requirements
  • Internally auditing for HIPAA compliance

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

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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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