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Reporting HIPAA Breaches: Protection and Prevention

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12-December-2018 :01:00 PM EST Duration : 60 Minutes

Pam Joslin, MM, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, CMCO, CEMA, CMCA-E/M,

Pam has more than 20 years of medical practice management, billing and coding, reimbursement, auditing and compliance experience.

She is an engaging presenter via webinar, classroom and conference on various topics that impact each step of the revenue cycle in healthcare practices. Pam Read more


Everyone in the healthcare industry knows about HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), that has been in effect since 1996. The goal of the legislation was fairly simple – to safeguard our patient health information. The law dictated to entities how to protect health information (PHI), how it can be shared, when it can be shared, and with whom it can be shared.

To date, even the best of healthcare organizations struggle with feeling confident that they have all the required areas covered to protect and prevent HIPAA violations from occurring in their organization. It is well documented that by initiating proper training and implementing effective monitoring tools, HIPAA violations can be reduced or more readily identified in the workplace.  Often there is not clear communication to employees about “what constitutes a HIPAA breach” and how can this be reported in your organization without “fear of retaliation.”

According to a 2014 writing in HealthWorks Collective, a full 50% of persons polled rated training and educating staff as their biggest hurdle to HIPAA compliance. In most cases, the complaints surround a lack of qualified staff to perform the training, or a general lack of time in which the training can be completed. The biggest challenges organizations face coast-to-coast are:

• A lack of effective raining
• Little or no monitoring tools or follow-up
• Issues with technology support

Remember, in cases of noncompliance where the covered entity does not satisfactorily resolve the matter, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) may decide to impose civil money penalties (CMPs) on the covered entity. CMPs for HIPAA violations are determined based on a tiered civil penalty structure. This can be very costly to organizations as well as damaging to the business reputation if effective safeguards are not put in place.

In this webinar conference you will take away valuable information that will assist you in “creating and maintaining a “culture of compliance” that will train and support your employees in respecting their patient privacy information.

Take a closer look at the highest HIPAA penalties for organizations so far in 2018 and what it cost their organizations for not complying.

Course Objectives:

• Identify the critical components in a HIPPA compliance program.
• Recognize the impact of creating and monitoring an effective HIPAA program for long-term business success.
• Adopt components of a successful monitoring program, including effective communication and how to take corrective actions.
• Achieve consistent and verifiable results by performing HIPPA audits and effectively evaluation current process for improvements by identifying “gaps”.
• Recognize the purpose and value of effective written procedures and procedures, with examples of violations, specific to your organization.
• Develop operating policies and procedures.

Why Should You Attend:

Opportunity to  influence and motivate by creating a “Culture of Compliance” to embrace critical roles in implementing you successful HIPAA programs.

An effective HIPAA monitoring program is essential to the overall success of any operation. Actively practicing prevention and protection will be rewarded with improved morale, better productivity and a reduced chance of regulatory incidences or recalls.

In this webinar expert speaker Pam Joslin will focus on the basics and beginnings of an effective privacy monitoring program. You’ll also get practical steps to creating, implementing and monitoring of  HIPAA compliance program.

You will leave the session with basic, yet practical steps to creation of these programs. Additionally, Pam will review templates for program documents and discuss methods for managing data associated with testing results for privacy and security monitoring.

Course Outline:

• Understanding the scope of HIPPA compliance and monitoring programs.
• Effective program development steps, i.e. Administrative, Security and Technical checklist).
• What is considered a “breach”, how and when to report.
• Review of HIPPA components to train and monitor – how do we know what privacy items to protect and who is responsible?
• Review “live” HIPPA breach cases for 2018, lessons learned, penalties assigned.

What You Get:

• Training Materials
• Live Q&A Session with our Expert
• Participation Certificate
• Access to Signup Community (Optional)
• Reward Points

Who Will Benefit:

• Physicians
• Healthcare Organization employees
• All clinical staff
• Compliance officers
• Administrators
• Managers

Please reach us at 1-888-844-8963 for any further assistance or if you wish to register

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