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HIPAA Risk Analysis Examples Practical Application of Methods
2/17/2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Being in compliance with HIPAA involves not only ensuring you provide the appropriate patient rights and controls on your uses and disclosures, but also that you ensure you have the right policies, procedures, and documentation, and have performed the appropriate analysis of the risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic Protected Health Information.

Using Risk Analysis can help you make defensible, documented decisions about your compliance in a variety of circumstances, for a variety of regulations. Risk Analysis is the key to making your health information privacy and security regulatory compliance work more sensible as well as defensible.

HIPAA enforcement is on the increase and random audits of HIPAA compliance have begun. In addition, audits of Meaningful Use attestations are examining compliance with Objective 15, which calls for a HIPAA Security Rule risk analysis. Failures in any of these reviews or audits can lead to significant penalties and fines. Your HIPAA Covered Entity or Business Associate needs to have the right reviews and documentation right now.

There are tools freely available that can help in the performance of a Risk Analysis, but a risk analysis takes more than tools, it takes an understanding of what to examine and how to consider what you find, to create a coherent analysis of the risks to your electronic PHI. This session will focus on how you can use the tools as part of an analysis process to give you actionable plans and documentation of considerations made in the process.

If you don't take the proper steps to ensure your patients' health information is being protected according to the HIPAA Security Rule, you can be hit with significant fines and penalties. With the increased HIPAA fines beginning at $10,000 in cases of willful neglect, providing good information security and being in compliance are more important than ever, and a good Risk Analysis is key to that compliance.

We will also discuss the HIPAA audit and enforcement regulations and processes, and how they apply to HIPAA covered entities and business associates. We will explain the recent changes that increase fines and create new penalty levels, including new penalties for willful neglect of compliance that begin at $10,000. We will explore what kind of issues and what kind of entities had the most problems, and show where entities need to improve their compliance the most, and also explore the typical risk issues that lead to breaches of health information and see how those issues may be a target for auditors in 2015.

The results of prior enforcement actions and HHS audits (and their penalties), especially those relating to Risk Analysis, will be discussed, including recent actions involving multi-million dollar fines and settlements. In addition, new trends in information security risks will be discussed so you can start to plan for the work you'll need to do to stay in compliance and keep patient information private and secure.

Health And Safety Controlling Contractors
2/11/2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Reliance on the use of contractors has increased dramatically over recent years in most employment sectors. Organizations are increasingly concentrating on core activities and operations and are taking on contract staff for chore activities. Many organizations, for example, make use of contract cleaning staff in place of their own cleaning operatives. Many organizations also take advantage of the increased flexibility with respect to labor that comes from the appropriate use of contract staff. Many seasonal activities, such as fruit picking have always relied on temporary labor. In recent years this trend has increased, with more and more organizations taking advantage of the increased flexibility from the use of contract or agency workers. This increased use of contract staff may present the organization's management with various challenges, but in most situations the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. It is essential, however, that the health and safety implications of this increased use of contract staff are considered and appropriate controls implemented.

Although there are many reasons for using contractors, there are also some disadvantages, including unfamiliarity of the contractor with the employer's business, management systems, procedures, work processes, premises, and plant and equipment.

The principles of effective management of contract staff are effectively the same whether the organization (referred to as the client) uses one individual or a variety of different contract organizations. It should be remembered, however, that self-employed contractors and contractors working for small organizations may be less aware of health and safety.

A common misconception: There is a common, but flawed, belief that appointing a contractor absolves the client from responsibility for the health and safety of that contracted work. Managers, Directors and VPs within organizations can be heard to voice the opinion: "they are the experts in what they do; surely all of the health and safety is down to them to sort out". This thinking may cost lives, business, profit and bad publicity.

Work carried out for a company, such as the work of a contractor, was still regarded as a part of their undertaking and so they retain a duty of care even when the work has been contracted out.

A better understanding of the position: Work undertaken for a client by a contractor is covered by a civil contract. It is good practice for health and safety requirements to be written in to such a contract. Health and safety responsibilities, however, are defined by the criminal law and they cannot be passed on from one party to another by a contract. In a client/contractor relationship, both parties will have duties under health and safety law. Similarly, if the contractor employs sub-contractors to carry out some or all of the work, all parties will have some health and safety responsibilities. The extent of the responsibilities of each party will depend on the circumstances.

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How much can it cost if you get it wrong? - Well, people can die or they can be made seriously ill and they can suffer life changing injuries.

It can also cost you money. In a recent UK case, a major high street retailer and three of its contractors were fined for putting people (including members of the public, staff and construction workers) at risk of exposure from asbestos-containing materials during the refurbishment of stores two of its stores. The client was fined £1 million (with costs of £600,000), while the various contractors were fined £200,000, £100,000 and £50,000 and were also ordered to pay costs.

The fines for the client were greater than those for the contractors.

Hong Kong International Conference on Social Science
7/6/2015 8:00 AM - 7/8/2015 5:00 PM
Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong Hong Kong
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Hong Kong International Conference on Social Science (HKICSS) aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, and professionals from the industry, academia and government to discourse on research and development, professional practice in social science.

How to Survive a HIPAA Security Audit online Healthcare training
2/5/2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Overview: Your organization's focus should be protecting the privacy and security of PHI and reducing the probability of a breach. Passing an OCR audit should be the result of an effective compliance culture, not your aim on goal.

Here are things you can do to ensure you're prepared for HIPAA compliance, and in turn, are ready for an audit:

Document your security, privacy and breach policies and review and update those policies periodically.

Regularly perform a security risk analysis to find any vulnerable areas and create an action plan to fix these possible vulnerable areas.

Update your risk analysis and risk management plans if they haven't been updated in 2+ ye.

Keep an organized archive of the business associates affiliated with your organization. Update your agreements with them when changes are made.

Train your staff so they understand the importance of maintaining a culture of HIPAA compliance and know the required steps to take to protect the PHI your organization handles.

Why is OCR cracking down with their audits? According to David Holtzman, a former senior advisor at OCR, "the healthcare industry is a generation behind banking in safeguarding information." In 2013, the healthcare industry saw a 138% increase in the exposure of sensitive records, as well as a 20% increase with medical identification theft.

No one looks forward to an audit. Audits are time-consuming and can be uncomfortable to endure. But no one wants to experience a security breach either, and the effects of a breach are much worse to endure than an audit. If you're already HIPAA compliant, then you're already prepared to survive an OCR audit.

I20 Corridor Regional Accelerator
1/13/2015 5:30 PM - 4/28/2015 8:00 PM
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana United States
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The Accelerator helps entrepreneurs preparing to launch a new enterprise, individuals exploring business opportunities, or existing ventures planning to introduce new products, add locations, or increase market size.

International Conference on Business and Social Sciences 2015
3/5/2015 8:00 AM - 3/7/2015 5:00 PM
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We are now accepting submissions in any area related to Business and Social Sciences fields, and all submissions will be refereed, and accepted papers will be included in the official conference proceedings, which will have an assigned ISBN number.

International Conference on Computer and Information Sciences
7/6/2015 8:00 AM - 7/8/2015 5:00 PM
Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong Hong Kong
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The International Conference on Computer and Information Sciences (ICCIS) will provide an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Computer, and Information Sciences.

International Conference on Sciences Engineering and Technology Innovations ICSETI
5/21/2015 8:00 AM - 5/23/2015 5:00 PM
Ayodya Resort Bali Bali Indonesia
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ICSETI is an International conference for those who wish to present their projects and discuss the latest innovations and results in the field of management and information applied to education, research and society.

International Research Conference on Engineering and Technology IRCET 2015
6/27/2015 8:00 AM - 6/29/2015 5:00 PM
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok Bangkok Thailand
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2015 IRCET

International Symposium on Business and Management
5/7/2015 8:00 AM - 5/9/2015 5:00 PM
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ISBM is an interdisciplinary international conference that invites academics and independent scholars and researchers from around the world to meet and exchange the latest ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue.

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