HIPAA Blog Posts: HIPAA HITECH Act
HIPAA Updates: What's the Hold Up? Senator Frustrated By Overdue Privacy Protections, November 10, 2011 - Howard Anderson
The nation's lead HIPAA enforcer was on the hot seat at a Senate subcommittee hearing Nov. 9 when he was called to task for delays in issuing privacy and security regulatory updates mandated under the HITECH Act.
Howard Anderson interviews former HIPAA enforcer Adam Greene, who states; "An important component of preparing for a potential HIPAA compliance audit is to complete a "walk through" to make sure privacy and security policies and procedures are practical and effective." We have long recommended this informal process and in fact have supplied a short HIPAA Compliance Check List.
Continuing the series of Webinars presented by Compliance Helper and Rebecca Herold & Associates, June 22 is for Business Associates and June 29th is for Small Covered Entities. The emphasis is on how cloud computing can enhance compliance by delivering the equivalent of on-site consulting for a fraction of the cost.
A 60 Minutes story about PHI left on a leased copier revealed a breach by Affinity Health Plan in New York. Here is their report on the aftermath. http://www.hcca-info.org/regional/2011/NYC/Cullencolor.pdf
“Certainly by the end of the year, or one of us will be out of the door by the end of the year and I hope it will be the regulation,” she joked during remarks at the Safeguarding Health Information conference OCR is hosting with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington. “I really hope we are now targeting months, if not weeks, for the new regulation.” Susan McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights
A HIPAA HITECH breach caused by an office burglary resulted in a letter from OCR demanding a large amount of information in a very short time frame. We will show you actual quotes from the letter that are as scary as an IRS audit letter
Companies offering HIAA HITECH compliance are popping up like mushrooms and just like mushrooms some of them are dangerous. Some of them seem to think that compliance is strictly an IT issue, some think that dowloading policies and procedures will provide "evidence" of compliance, and some are folks from the financial sector with no healthcare experience at all. Caveat emptor!
You are not a dummy but HIPAA HITECH compliance has created some new challenges. How to get compliant, how to stay compliant, how to prove compliance, how to get "satisfactory assurances" that your business partners are compliant? These are all subjects that will be addressed in a series of "How To" webinars. The first group will be on April 13, 20, 27, and May 4th at 8:00 AM PDT. Go to www.compliancehelper.com for registration information.
Learn how to get HIPAA HITECH compliant the smarty way. With the cloud computing model you can have the equivalent of an on-site consultant for pennies on the dollar. The step by step process, templated policies, procedures, and forms, supported by a privacy and security expert we call a Helper can get you compliant in 30 days, keep you compliant forever, and allow you to prove your compliance with the Compliance Meter(tm). Register for the free webinar HIPAA HITECH Compliance for Smarties, here:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/503163560