HIPAA Enforcement Training of State Attorneys General

 

          Susan McAndrews, OCR’s (Office for Civil Rights) deputy director for health information privacy, sent an unambiguous message about HIPAA compliance enforcement when she stated, “There will be enforcement consequences for failure to comply with HIPAA privacy and security obligations.”  This statement aired on the cusp of two high-profile cases involving HIPAA violations that resulted in steep monetary penalties.  In addition, the HITECH Act breach notification rule generated 240 major health information breaches still under current OCR investigation.  McAndrews urges CE’s embroiled in an investigation to cooperate with the OCR in coming to resolution and remediation. 

          In April, the OCR is set to conduct training courses for SAG (state attorneys general) on HIPAA privacy and security rules, the HITECH Act, and how to investigate, identify and prosecute potential violations.  In doing so, McAndrews stated, “It is always the hope that they [SAG] fully appreciate what the HIPAA privacy and security rules are all about that they will be anxious to add them to the general privacy protections that already exist in their state.”

          The bottom line for CEs (covered entities) and BAs (business associates) is HIPAA privacy and security compliance is no longer an option; voluntary compliance means fine avoidance.  The best strategy for CEs and BAs to achieve organization-wide compliance is through educating every individual who comes in contact with PHI (protected health information).  Training that results in certification proves that a healthcare entity considers HIPAA compliance a priority and minimizes the chances of those costly security and privacy breaches. 

          HIPAA Training.net, a Supremus Group venture, offers solutions tailored to your organizational needs.  Courses are available on-site and offered across the U.S. at multiple locations.  Two-day and four-day instructor-led classrooms are available for HIPAA compliance, HIPAA privacy, HIPAA security and HIPAA HITECH training. 

          Online HIPAA training with an instructor is a flexible, yet comprehensive format that is real-time distance learning over the Internet, allowing for customization and feedback. 

          Maximum flexibility is offered by online anytime HIPAA training.  As long as you have connectivity, learn when and where you want within a generous time frame at an affordable price. 

          Click here to learn more!

 

 

 

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About Julie

My credentials include a Master's Certificate in Health Informatics, a CHPSE certification (Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert), and certification in HL7 (Health Level 7). The multidisciplinary approach to equipping myself to enter the healthcare IT sector is consistent with my professional background in sales, management, healthcare, and recruiting. I also have a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, which as been invaluable in my professional life for exceling in sales, change management, and laying down an excellent foundation from which I was able to build effective communication skills with professionals of all levels.

Posted on March 16, 2011, in HIPAA, News, Training and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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