Live webinar on HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule Amendments: New Changes Bring New Obligations By Com
|Event Date/Time: Oct 18, 2012||End Date/Time: Oct 18, 2012|
â€¢ New regulations concerning the release and accounting of electronic records create new burdens that your EHR and your medical records department must deal with.
â€¢ Not only are the compliance rules changed, but the enforcement rules have changed, with a new four-tier violation schedule with increased minimum and maximum fines, and mandatory fines for wilful neglect of compliance that start at $10,000 even if the problem is corrected within 30 days of discovery. Violations that are not promptly corrected carry mandatory minimum fines starting at $50,000 and can reach $1.5 million for any particular violation. And any reports of wilful neglect are required to be investigated under the law. Even violations for a reasonable cause or with reasonable diligence taken are subject to penalty.
â€¢ Whereas the former practice of USDHHS has been to audit compliance only in instances where a violation was reported, the law now requires USDHHS to conduct a regular HIPAA compliance audit program, and soon those individuals harmed by a violation will have the right to a share in any settlements or penalty collections. The new audit program is already getting under way. .
â€¢ With the far reaching changes in the rules and the new enforcement and penalty levels, itâ€™s never been more important to review your HIPAA compliance and meet the new requirements.