How to Write and Adopt HIPAA Policies and Procedures

Jonathan P. Tomes, J.D., is Keynote Speaker at Compliance Key. He is a health care attorney practicing in the greater Kansas City. He is a nationally recognized authority and expert witness on the legal requirements for health information. Jonathan P. Tomes is a healthcare attorney, consultant, educator, author and expert witness. He is a leading expert on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, particularly its Security and Privacy Rules. He also has litigated medical malpractice cases, defended doctors in revocation of licensure and credentialing proceedings, reviewe........


Often healthcare and related businesses do not understand that HIPAA is far more about policies and procedures than it is about technical security measures. The HIPAA Security Rule, for example, does not specify whether an entity must have a password system and, if it does, how many characters it must have and whether it has to be alphanumerical with one or more special characters or whether it must have some type of biometric identification such as a thumbprint reader or retinal scan. Rather, it requires a covered entity to consider what it deems to be reasonable and appropriate and memorialize it in a policy. Similarly, it does not specify what kind of shredder it must have for paper records and what kind of method of destroying electronic PHI (ePHI) (degausser, software wipe, or a sledge hammer used with vigor). Rather it requires a written destruction plan. Failure to have these policies have resulted in the Department of Health and Human Services imposing civil money penalties (CMPs) in the millions of dollars. And, they have imposed penalties for policies that HIPAA does not even mention but that a covered entity or business associate is apparently supposed to figure out if they do that activity, say telemedicine or working from home.

Why should you attend this webinar?

Of the many dozen CMPs imposed to date, well over-half involved, at least in part, from not having either required policies and procedures. And not only having is all necessary policies vital to avoiding CMPs, but to avoiding other penalties such as in the new federal HIPAA lawsuits authorized by the HITECH Act. These lawsuits have resulted in seven-figure settlements. And don't forget the mitigation costs-costs of lessening the harm to victims of a breach.
But you can't just download sample templates-you have to customize them for your situation. This seminar will help you do so.

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Who can Benefit:

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.

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