HIPAA Compliance Audit Program: The Mandatory Fine For Willful Negligence Now Begins At $10,000 Minimum

The new HIPAA rules have higher fines--mandatory minimum fine of $10,000 for willful neglect of compliance. According to the officials, enforcement is now a priority and the healthcare entities need to brace up their act!

DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- After reviewing the random trials of HIPAA Compliance Audit program last year, the US Department of Health and Human Services has come up with the new HIPAA audit program in Fiscal Year 2014.  USDHHS has published the protocol used for the 2012 HIPAA audits by the HHS contractors, and now it is possible to prepare for an audit in a much better way. In the new rule all health care covered entities are subject to an audit, which is why the entities need to know how to prevent issues that could lead to violations and fines. The new HIPAA rule calls for audits irrespective of a complaint or breach, unlike previously, where the audits had been performed only at entities that reported a breach or had a complaint filed against them.

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Preparing for HIPAA Audits - Have Your Documentation Ready

Join expert speaker Jim Sheldon Dean in 60 minute audio session to learn the nuances of surviving a HIPAA audit with confidence. In this audio session on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Jim will analyze the HIPAA audit program and how it works. He'll shed light on the contents of the HIPAA Audit Protocol used in 2012 to clarify the documentation that needs to be on hand should your organization be selected for an audit in 2014. Jim will discuss the enforcement regulations and processes of HIPAA audit, and how they apply to HIPAA covered entities and business associates, and the new random HIPAA compliance audit program in particular. He will share the information and documentation requirements for surviving an audit, so that you can be ready for an audit at any time. 

Topics covered in the session:

  • The HIPAA Random Audit program is being refocused and redefined to make it more relevant to finding and correcting some of the most prevalent security and privacy compliance issues, based on the experience gained in the 2012 audits of 115 HIPAA covered entities
  • Violations of the HIPAA regulations can be very expensive; the mandatory fines for willful negligence now begin at $10,000 minimum
  • In past HIPAA Audits have been rare, but that's changing now - the HHS is now auditing HIPAA covered entities and business associates even if there have been no complaints or problems reported
  • Examine the HIPAA Audit Protocol used in 2012, along with the sets of questions asked at other HIPAA audits previously
  • Find out what HHS OCR is likely to ask you if you are selected for an audit, and what you'll have to have prepared already when they do
  • Find out the rules and policies that you need to comply with and can adopt for staying compliant
  • Learn the new HIPAA rules and what you need to do to keep up with them
  • Understand why having a good compliance process can help you stay compliant more easily
  • Know the documentation requirement for surviving an audit and avoiding fines
  • Identify how to export the contents of the HIPAA Audit Protocol and use them as the foundation of your compliance activities and documentation


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Unique Private Payer Rules

This information packed session will be taken by Barbara Cobuzzi MBA, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CENTC on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, where she will shed light on how post operative complications are coded and billed for Medicare patients versus non Medicare patients. She will share the difference between "incident to" for a Medicare patient and a non Medicare patient. Plus, Barbara will help you comprehend how operative complications differ from payer to payer.


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Achieving Compliance In 2014 - Implementing An In-House Audit Process

Marsha S. Diamond, CPC, CPC-H, CCS will take this information-packed session on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, where she will shed light on all the audit tools utilized in performing the chart audit. She will provide all the tricks involved in calculating the annualized results of the audit findings. Marsha will discuss the benefits of an In-House Chart Audit Process and how to perform/chart the audit.

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