Archive | October, 2013

HIPAA Audit Tips – HHS Budget for Audits Increased

I don’t know if you had a chance to listen to Kathleen Sebelius announce on a brief video, the HHS 2014 budget a few days ago, or read the “Highlights of the 2014 HHS Budget”. The video announcement did not cite the reason for the $1MM, or 2.4% increase in OCR’s budget over 2013. You might want to know! Here’s today’s big tip – Learn How the Extra $1MM Will be Used!

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HIPAA Audit Tips – Learn from ISU’s Greg Ehardt

Gregory J. Ehardt, JD, LL.M. | HIPAA/Assistant Compliance Officer | HCA Adjunct Professor | Office of General Counsel | Idaho State University has joined the Clearwater HIPAA Compliance BootCamp™ Faculty. Mr. Ehardt will be sharing his experiences and lessons learned from the recent OCR Investigation that resulted in a Settlement Agreement with HHS/OCR that included a Corrective Action Plan and $400K payment. Here’s today’s big tip – Go to School On Idaho State University (ISU).

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Do you ask this one question before communicating?

Popular advice on communication focuses on presenting. Endless tips, tricks, and shortcuts. Help deciding whether to use a template or not. Guidance on how to craft email messages, design slides for maximum impact, and how to stand and deliver a compelling performance. Sometimes the advice is helpful, but it misses the point. A key to […]

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Surprising impact of more sleep, programs that increases bullying, and using literature to understand others

Curated Catalyst for October 12, 2013 The conversations I engaged in this week continue to surface the challenge – and importance – of taking the time to distill our value and work to effectively communicate with others. I’m heading to Boston next week to deliver two keynotes on precisely that topic. I’m working on additional […]

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HIPAA Audit Tips – Be Careful Claiming “Conduit”

This post is motivated by three phone conversations in one day with likely Business Associates (BAs), trying to sort out if they really are a HIPAA Business Associate. Millions of companies are now statutorily obligated to comply with HIPAA-HITECH regulations, because of their BA status. They’d prefer to meet the “conduit exception” requirements and not have to comply. I bet you wanna be a HIPAA Conduit too! In the preamble to the Omnibus Final Rule, clarity and guidance is provided. Here’s today’s big tip – Be Very Careful – “The conduit exception is a narrow one and…!”

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