The recent release of the Omnibus Final Rule has changed the game again when it comes to certain provisions of HIPAA. This impacts all covered entities and business associates. We will dissect these changes one by one in an effort to provide you a clearer understanding of what they actually mean, why they were added, and what you can do to mitigate the risks associated with a breach.
Some of the items that I will discuss are: definition of a breach and what was recently added to it; BAA's and what is now required to be contained in them; the tougher enforcement standards contained within the Omnibus Rule; the importance of performing risk assessments (not just 1, but many!); and much more.
We will explore the recent changes contained in the Omnibus Rule, and how those changes will impact you. We will also look ahead and learn what 2014 will bring in the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, HITECH, and more.
Why should you attend: If you are uncertain about how the recent Omnibus Rule changes impact your organization, if you might even be afraid of any changes to the existing HIPAA laws because the older laws were hard enough to comply with, or have doubts regarding whether or not your organization is even compliant before these rules were released, then this webinar is for you. We will discuss the impact that the Omnibus Rule has had on covered entities (CE) and business associates (BA). We will also address the fears that most organizations have when it comes to any matter that is HIPAA related. People tell me all the time that they are so tired of hearing about HIPAA that they just wish it would go away. Well, it's not going anywhere and it is likely to get worse until the number of breaches involving PHI are drastically reduced.
In spite of the legislation, these breaches still happen on a regular basis, and by organizations just like yours. In a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 94% of all healthcare organizations surveyed admitted to a breach in the previous. 45% admitted to more than 1, and 90% said that they anticipate more breaches happening in the coming year. Are you kidding me? And yet, they want HIPAA to go away? This just shows that these laws are simply not enough. Proper and effective employee training is the key-the right people need the right training. Those 'right' people are the people that handle the PHI, not the departmental supervisors. We will address most of these topics in this series of webinars. If all healthcare organizations had the "great training" programs that they all claim to have, then why do breaches of PHI continue to happen at these places?
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