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May
2018
Learn about Get Your Arms Around HIPAA and HITECH

Learn about Get Your Arms Around HIPAA and HITECH

On April 26th, Frank Ableson, owner of navitend and Patrick Felicetta, Director, National Partner Program HIPAA Secure Now! came together with Robert Reyes, Administrator, and Lance Abolos, Director of Admissions, CareOne at Hanover to provide an event called “Get Your Arms Around HIPAA and HITECH”.  Both Frank and Patrick have been providing HIPAA and HITECH information to Administrators of Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities across NJ.  The partnership for providing this information was very successful and both CALA and LNHA received 2 Continuing Education Credits for their profession from the American College of Healthcare Administrators NJ Chapter.  NJACHA

Attendees were asked to name the top three resources in their workplace such as tools, roles of people, and information that they need in order to accomplish their mission.  And if a threat had come to these identified resources which would keep them from advancing in their work how would the react?

Every organization faces risk.  The type of risk and how it is dealt with may differ, but every organization should know that no matter how big or small they are, they should have a contingency plan in place to deal with potential factors outside of the company’s control.

Sensitive data should be protected based on the potential impact of a loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability.  Limiting functionality and defining security weaknesses to give attackers as few opportunities as possible to breach a system should be a number one goal for your organization.

With this in mind Frank discussed confidentiality, integrity, and availability, commonly known as the CIA Triad where confidentiality is a set of rules that limits access to information, integrity is the assurance that the information is trustworthy and accurate, and availability is a guarantee of reliable access to the information by authorized people.

Patrick Felicetta discussed what a HIPAA Risk Assessment is and why an organization needs one.  During his talk he explained that all e-PHI created, received, maintained or transmitted by an organization is subject to the Security Rule which requires entities to determine risks and vulnerabilities in their environments and to implement appropriate security measures to protect against anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of e-PHI.  To accomplish this a Risk Assessment needs to be done by all covered entities.  The risk assessment is an honest assessment of the areas in which your organization is at risk of breaching protected health information (PHI) whether it be written or electronic.

Lastly Patrick gave some myths regarding HIPAA Risk Assessments.  Like the following:

The security risk analysis is optional for small providers.  False. All providers who are “covered entities” under HIPAA are required to perform a risk analysis.

Simply installing a certified EHR fulfills the security risk analysis MU requirement.  False. Even with a certified EHR, you must perform a full security risk analysis. Security requirements address all electronic protected health information you maintain, not just what is in your EHR.

My EHR vendor took care of everything I need to do about privacy and security.  False. Your EHR vendor may be able to provide information, assistance, and training on the privacy and security aspects of the EHR product. However, EHR vendors are not responsible for making their products compliant with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. It is solely your responsibility to have a complete risk analysis conducted.

A checklist will suffice for the risk analysis requirement.  False. Checklists can be useful tools, especially when starting a risk analysis, but they fall short of performing a systematic security risk analysis or documenting that one has been performed.

My security risk analysis only needs to look at my EHR.  False. Review all electronic devices that store, capture, or modify electronic protected health information. Include your EHR hardware and software and devices that can access your EHR data (e.g., your tablet computer, your practice manager’s mobile phone). Remember that copiers also store data.

I only need to do a risk analysis once.  False. To comply with HIPAA, you must continue to review, correct or modify, and update security protections.            

This event can be provided at your facility contact Patrice Schaffer, Business Development Specialist, navitend, pschaffer@navitend.com or call 973.448.0070 ext 311.

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