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It goes without saying that preparing for HIPAA enforcement is of crucial importance to organizations. The reason: Last year saw a spike in the settlement payments ordered by HIPAA. There were as many as seven settlements of a value of over $1 million each. Of these seven, one was for $5.5 million, another was for $3.9 million, and yet another for $2.75 million. These constituted a part of a dozen or so overall resolutions settlements. These results point to the fact that HIPAA is continuing to crack the whip as far as enforcement is concerned. This calls for a greater level of vigilance and due diligence from Covered Entities and Business Associates in meeting HIPAA regulations on Protected Health Information (PHI).

HIPAA compliance is important for many other reasons

HIPAA compliance involves two main aspects: A) Making sure that the Covered Entity and the Business Associate provide the proper patient rights and controls on how they will use and disclose PHI; and B) Putting in place proper policies and procedures. These actions show the authorities that the CE's and BA's have all the necessary documentation in place for safeguarding patient PHI. They also demonstrate the way in which these entities addressed all required security safeguards if they are audited or become the subject of a compliance review.

Learning on how to ensure HIPAA compliance

How do organizations do this? How do they show the HHS that they have the right procedures and processes in place to ensure safeguarding of PHI? The answers to these questions will be provided at a webinar that MentorHealth, a leading provider of professional trainings for the healthcare industry, is organizing. Jay Hodes, who is President of Colington Security Consulting, LLC, which provides HIPAA consulting services for healthcare providers and Business Associates, will be the speaker.

In order to understand the proper and thorough means by which organizations can ensure the protection of health information and to ensure that they take all the steps necessary for preventing data breaches; please enroll for this webinar. Needless to say, a thorough and complete understanding of the fundamentals of HIPAA and the ability to explain and demonstrate the organization's compliance program is the starting point for all these. The aim of this valuable learning session is to impart a clear and proper understanding of how healthcare practices, businesses, or organizations need to prepare given the increase in recent HIPAA enforcement and to make sure their current safeguards are adequate and can withstand government scrutiny. This course is approved for 1.5 general credits from the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Learning for those involved in protecting patient health data

Anyone involved in PHI and other aspects of HIPAA implementation, such as Compliance Officers, HIPAA Privacy Officer, HIPAA Security Officers, Medical/Dental Office Managers, Practice Managers, Information Systems Managers, Chief Information Officers, General Counsels/Lawyers, Practice Management Consultants, or any Business Associates that accesses Protected Health Information and IT companies that support Medical/Dental Practices or other Healthcare organizations, will gain immensely from this session.

At this informative and interactive course, Jay will cover the following areas:

  • Why was HIPAA created?
  • What are the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules?
  • What is a HIPAA Risk Management Plan?
  • What is meant by "Required" and "Addressable" Implementation Specifications?
  • What are Administrative, Technical, and Physical Safeguards Requirements?
  • What is a HIPAA Risk Assessment?
  • What are HIPAA training requirements?
  • How to prevent HIPAA data breaches from occurring
  • What are the penalties and fines for non-compliance and how to avoid them?
  • Preparing for increased enforcement HIPAA enforcement
  • HIPAA Violation Case Examples
  • Questions.

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