Training Format: OnDemand Webinar
Webinar Time: Available All Day
Speaker(s): Jim Sheldon-Dean
Training Duration : 90 minutes
Training Material Download : Training Material (Password Required) (1.27 MB)
The New HIPAA Audit and Enforcement Program 2019 - New Focus New Process
The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program had a year of trial audits in 2012. The US Department of Health and Human Services reviewed the results of that work and performed a second round of audits, this time including HIPAA Business Associates, beginning in 2016 and concluding in 2017. The law calls for a permanent Audit program, but HHS has indicated that the HIPAA audit program will be on hold for at least the time being, and that the next product will be a report on best practices learned in the audits conducted so far. But that doesn’t mean there will be no enforcement of the HIPAA rules. In fact, preparing for a HIPAA Audit is one of the best ways to be ready to respond to any enforcement action, and going through an internal HIPAA Audit will help you find issues before they become problems that can lead to penalties.
Knowing what questions are likely to be asked and have been asked at prior HIPAA compliance audits can make preparing for and surviving a HIPAA audit or enforcement review much easier. USDHHS has published an updated, July 2018 protocol for the HIPAA audits, so it is possible to know how to prepare for an audit or enforcement review. Nearly any health care covered entity may be subject to an audit or enforcement investigation; all entities need to know what kinds of questions they’ll be asked, what information they'll need to provide and how to prevent issues that could lead to violations and fines.
In this session , Jim will discuss the HIPAA audit program and how it works, and discuss the areas that caused the most issues in the 2012 audits and the areas that were targeted in the 2016 audits. He will explore what kind of issues were most prevalent and what kind of entities had the most problems, and show where 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 be targets for auditors and enforcement action in the future.
In addition, he will explore the latest guidance and upcoming new changes to the rules that will need to be reflected in policy and practice in order to avoid HIPAA violations resulting in enforcement. Topics like providing individuals access to their records, and providing an accounting of disclosures of protected health information are under pressure to see changes, particularly in light of the proposed Information Blocking rules that address access to information.
In 90 min session, Jim will discuss and:
Medical offices, practice groups, hospitals, academic medical centers, insurers, business associates (shredding, data storage, systems vendors, billing services, etc.). The titles are:
JIM SHELDON-DEAN ,B.S CE (summa cum Laude), MST
Jim Sheldon-Dean 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 health care entities. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA, including speaking engagements at numerous regional an.. Read More >>
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