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When it comes to privacy and security, small, freestanding, individual providers are at the biggest risk of a breach. New threats arise every day. Inadvertent errors from internal staff run rampant. Despite concerns of cost and complexity, private practices and small provider organizations are much better off if they proactively engage in breach prevention including regular review of administrative processes, physical safeguards and technical capabilities. Regular risk analysis is a requirement, not a choice.
Based on the strategy outlined in the Leading the HIPAA Privacy Risk Assessment practice brief, AHIMA suggests three key reasons for performing a risk assessment:
• System weaknesses can subject the organization to liability for breach of confidentiality and invasions of privacy.
• Inappropriate uses or disclosures of information can result in negative publicity, driving patients to choose other healthcare providers.
• System flaws and loopholes can result in corruption or loss of vital data or inappropriate alteration or manipulation of data.
With these three issues in mind, physician practices and small provider organizations can apply practical strategies to minimize breach risk through proactive, ongoing risk assessment—even with a small budget and marginal IT resources. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital was confident in their privacy and security compliance, however an event occurred during the spring of 2015. During this webinar, the presenter will review the complete privacy and security risk analysis Stanislaus conducted after the breach. Attendees also analyze Stanislaus’s breach response analysis and compare their process to their own, small, private, specialty hospitals or physician practices.
Finally, attendees will review how to implement effective ongoing review efforts to reduce the risk of breach without breaking the bank.
By attending this webinar, participants will:
• Understand key areas considered HIPAA high-risk and rationale for breach concern
• Review primary reasons for performing risk assessments on smaller practices and specialty hospitals, why it is important and projections for what to expect/span>
• Take-away practical application strategies from a recent risk analysis conducted at Stanislaus Surgical Hospital
• Define how to cut financial corners without compromising privacy and security safeguards
Who Should Attend
Privacy, Security, Compliance, and Chief Information Officers; HIM Managers; Practice/Medical Office Managers; General Counsel; HR staff involved in compliance education; Physicians.
This program has been approved for two continuing education units (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Information Management Association (AHIMA). AAPC: AHIMA CEUs are accepted from programs sponsored by AHIMA national offices and the state AHIMA branches hour for hour; program approved for two CEUs. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing; provider number 05474 for two contact hours. Certificates of attendance will be provided upon completion of event evaluation. HIM Domain: Privacy and Security. Event Number WEB128