An estimated 40 million to 45 million patient records have been compromised in a HIPAA data breach since 2012. Since 2009, theft or loss of unencrypted devices or computers accounted for 35 percent of all breaches. Where do HIPAA-covered entities, such a physician practices and their business associates, most often make their biggest misstep? It's in performing an inadequate risk analysis.
The "failure to perform a comprehensive, thorough risk analysis and then to apply the results of that analysis," leaves organizations vulnerable says HHS Office of Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez. Many breaches, officials say, can be easily avoided through regular risk analyses and up-to-date company policies. Under the new HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule, covered entities and business associates responsible for violating HIPAA Privacy and Security rules by failing to safeguard patient protected health information could face up to $1.5 million in annual fines.
The latest seminar series from TMA will help physicians and office staff:
- Learn the HIPAA Security compliance rules,
- Address deficiencies and risk reduction,
- Discuss risk management techniques, and
- Know breach and reporting requirements.
Download the seminar flyer for this series.
Series Dates: Sept. 9 - Oct. 1
The Sept. 25 Austin seminar will be broadcast live for those who cannot attend one of these seminar dates in person. Visit www.texmed.org/HIPAAwebcast for more information.
Special Offer: Attendees will receive a coupon code for $10 off the electronic version of the new TMA publication HIPAA Security: Compliance and Case Studies
TMA members or their staff …… $159
3.25 AMA PRA Cat. 1 credits ™
More information and registration can be found at www.texmed.org/HIPAAkeys
More on HIPAA from TMA:
HIPAA Training for Medical Office Staff live webinar (Aug. 20)
Complying with HIPAA and Texas Privacy Laws live webinar (Aug. 27)
HIPAA Resource Center