HIPAA Hassles and How to Avoid Them!

Live Webinar

  • 90 minutes

HIPAA enforcement continues to increase with the old record for a civil money penalty or settlement in lieu thereof smashed by a $16.5 million fine. But even the smallest HIPAA fine ($25,000 by a physical therapy provider) to date can be a killer for a small practice. And other penalties exist, such as the cost of required remediation, corrective action plans, agreements not to do further business in a state, court damage awards, and loss of accreditation or licensure.

But not every HIPAA violation will be likely to trigger a complaint or an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Knowing what HIPAA requirement failures can do so is the first step to avoiding these stringent penalties. Second, which of those trigger events are most likely to result in a huge penalty is crucial.

Join this session by expert speaker Jonathan P. Tomes where he will focus on what steps to take (or update) immediately to avoid these harmful situations.

Session Highlights:

  • The current environment for HIPAA enforcement.

  • Federal HIPAA enforcement—the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Trade Commission, and the federal courts.

  • Other HIPAA enforcement—state agencies, professional licensure and certification organizations and state courts.

  • What HIPAA events are most likely to trigger an enforcement action.

  • What HIPAA violations are most likely to result in a civil money penalty (a fine) from DHHS or other sanctions.

  • What are the best ways to avoid such adverse actions.

  • What HIPAA violations are most likely to be investigated with a view towards enforcement.

  • Which of those violations are most likely to result in a civil money penalty or other serious sanction.

  • How to avoid violations that will put you on the DHHS radar screen for possible enforcement.

  • How to avoid violations that will result in a civil money penalty or a large court damage award.

  • How to handle incidents that may result in an enforcement action.

  • What to do if you are investigated.

  • How should you handle complaints by disgruntled patients to avoid DHHS penalties.

  • Ten minute question and answer. Attendees may email me with subsequent questions. jon@veteranspress.com.

  • Will provide a sample security incident report form to properly handle incidents so that they are less likely to result in an enforcement action.

Why You Should Attend:

HIPAA civil money penalties, which have been as high as $16.5 million with most in the high six-figure and seven-figure range can bankrupt a provider or business associate. The severe penalties fall within several categories which would indicate that those areas should receive extra attention. Attendees will learn what those categories are, how to recognize them, how to assess their risk and how to mitigate that risk sufficiently to avoid liability. Often, no large expenditures are needed as many risk can be mitigated by controlling staff through policies and procedures. And, if an event happens, how one handles it can go a long way toward eliminating or lessening penalties. One practice was fined $3.4 million where if they had handled it properly would have likely resulted in no fine or one of $100,000 or less. The speaker, who has successfully defended eight covered entities and consulted with many more will give (names sanitized) real-life examples to demonstrate what works.

Who Should Attend:

  • Healthcare HIPAA Security and Privacy Officers

  • Compliance Officers

  • CEOs, CFOs,

  • Chief Information Officers

  • Human resource officers

  • Business managers

  • Facility administrators

  • Medical records personnel

  • Health information managers

  • Health care attorneys

  • Clinicians

  • Nurses and business associates and business associate personnel who now also have to comply with the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules.

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Jonathan P. Tomes

Jonathan P. Tomes

Jon is a nationally recognized expert on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), particularly its Security and Privacy Rules. He is an attorney and has given HIPAA training nationwide, been an expert witness on HIPAA, consulted with more than 1,000 medical businesses, given HIPAA legal opinions, and represented clients being investigated for HIPAA violations. He has written more than 60 books on HIPAA and other health law topics and a like number of published articles.

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