HIPAA Series: Risk Assessment & Annual Training

  • 05 Oct 2017
  • 12 Oct 2017
  • 2 sessions
  • 05 Oct 2017, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • 12 Oct 2017, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • Webinar Series

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HIPAA Series: Risk Assessment & Annual Training
October 5 & 12, 2017 –
from 10am to 11am PST
Recording available through October 26

Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) can issue fines to HIPAA covered entities and business associates that fail to implement necessary safeguards to secure protected health information (PHI).  There are two areas of vulnerabilities with Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) for most home health & hospice agencies that will be addressed in this webinar series.  The first vulnerability is the annual education- agencies need to educate different levels of staff not just nursing.  In 2016, there were 43 instances where employee error caused breach of information resulting in more than 1.2 million records at risk.  Also, many contracts are beginning to ask for validation of your HIPAA training program.  Having solid education will support an organization during an audit or breach. 

The second area covered in this webinar series is conducting a HIPAA Risk Assessment. Penalties from OCR are not just for major breaches (over 500) but also for smaller breaches (example: Hospice of North Idaho was fined $50,000 for not protecting 441 records).  In March 2016, North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota paid $1.5 million to OCR after a HIPAA audit revealed that the organization did not conduct a proper risk assessment.  Don’t delay, conduct a risk assessment to determine areas that create the greatest risk for your agency and begin to mitigate those risks before disaster strikes and the agency is faced with loss of information, penalties and a damaged reputation.

Annual HIPAA Education, October 5, 2017 10-11am

Description:  Annually staff needs to be re-educated on HIPPA.  Utilize this webinar to review with all staff.


  •         Understand the elements needed for HIPAA training compliance
  •         Review who in the organization needs training, when & the frequency of training
  •         Determine if your HIPAA training program will meet the standards

Conducting a HIPAA Risk Assessment, October 12, 2017 10-11am

Description: Every HIPAA entity is required at a minimum to annually conduct a HIPAA Risk Analysis.  The requirement was first introduced in 2003 and subsequently extended to cover the administrative, physical and technical safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule.  Fines to covered entities are levied frequently in this one area.  Learn how to properly conduct this assessment.


  •         Review HIPAA’s Current Climate of Audits
  •         Discuss the components of a HIPAA Risk Assessment
  •         Learn to identify likelihood of a threat
  •         Learn how to properly conduct this assessment (who, when, how)

Audience: This series is a necessary topic for Administrators; Information Systems (IS); Compliance; Clinical Management; Billing; Medical Records

Presenter:  Joan Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE, President, JLU Health Record Systems is a nationally recognized AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM trainer.   Joan has a degree in Health Information Management and has been a home health consultant for over 28 years. She has educated more than 15,000 people in nationwide on coding. Joan is past president of the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA) and has served three years as a delegate for American Health Information Management Assn (AHIMA).  Usher is a Board of Director of Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA.  Joan's webinars consistently earn outstanding reviews from participants.

Convenience: Enjoy the convenience and cost-efficiency of a webinar – watch the speaker’s slide presentation on the internet while logging in on your smart phone or through your computer.  There is no limit to the number of attendees from your agency who may participate at your site using one phone line and a computer with internet access.  Confirmation:  Prior to the webinar, a GoToWebinar link will be e-mailed to you.  You will need to register through this link to attend the webinar. You will be sent a confirmation which will include a join link to access the webinar, a dial-in number and an access code to listen in via telephone. You will also be sent any pertinent handouts, if available, an evaluation and certificate. The webinars will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Recording will be made available after the program, and will be accessible for 3 weeks.

Continuing Education:  The presenter and program planners have no conflict of interest regarding this webinar.  To apply for contact hours, please mail an evaluation form and completed sign-in sheet, listing the individuals at your facility that participated, noting those requesting contact hours.  Individuals requesting contact hours will receive a certificate of contact hours earned. Webinar is available as a series only, and may not be purchased separately. Please make sure that you enter the contact person’s name in the Registration Form.  All correspondence and site registration information will be sent to this person. Information provided in this program should be used within the scope of practice.

The registration deadline is September 29, 2017.  Registrations may not be shared between agencies – the agency’s registration covers the access of only one phone line/computer access to the webinar. Multiple site participation for your agency will require a separate registration fee for each connection. Please note: if your agency has sent in 1 registration but 3 people from your agency register through the GTW link, your agency will be invoiced for the additional 2 registrations. The handouts will be emailed to you to the email address you provide. Please feel free to provide an additional email address as a backup.

Registration Fees

The live webinars include the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter, however there is no additional fee for the recording. Recoding of this webinar available through October 26, 2017.

 Links to Live Broadcast & Recording




 Single session



 Series  $150  $250

 Cancellation Policy:
 If you cancel your registration prior to seven days before the program, you will receive a refund.  All cancellations must be made in writing.  No refunds for cancellations or exchanges within five business days of the program.  If due to unforeseen circumstances we must cancel this event, registrants will receive a full refund.

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Home Care Association of Washington
PO Box65009
Vancouver, WA 98665
P: 425.775.8120
F: 360.695.3056
E: info@hcaw.org

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