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The Top 10 Compliance Topics You Need to Know

Friday, January 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Written for AAOE by Eric Christensen, MCSE, CCNA, CHCP, Director of Client Services, Healthcare Compliance Pros, Inc.

Learn more by attending Eric Christensen's AAOE 2020 Annual Conference Session, "The 10 Hottest Compliance Topics You Should be Looking at in Your Practice and How They Affect Your Operation."

Regulatory compliance is an ever-changing industry with over 341 healthcare compliance
that must be followed. In just 2019 alone, there were over $15 million HIPAA
fines that were collected from medical practices that failed to meet compliance requirements.

In our experience there are 10 top compliance topics that you should be watching for your
practice, and analyzing how they impact your operation:

  1. Security Risk Analysis (SRA) - Including the harm of using an insufficient EMR or Checklist
  2. Current Cybersecurity Trends
  3. Social Media Policy and Procedures Missing or Not Being Followed
  4. Exclusion Screening Not Being Performed Correctly, or at All!
  5. A Lack of Auditing and Monitoring Being Implemented
  6. Mobile Device Usage
  7. Missing Mechanisms in Place for Employee and Patient Complaints
  8. Failing to Implement Regular and Effective Education and Training Programs
  9. Not Tracking or Reporting Suspected Breaches and/or Other Incidents.
  10. Not Resolving Compliance Deficiencies and/or Findings Effectively

There are several essential aspects of a well-organized and effective compliance program. The healthcare industry is constantly improving and advancing with new technologies, better patient care, and improved patient and provider access to medical records. But, even with these advances also comes an increasing threat to being able to protect patient information. Having an effective compliance program that includes an SRA along with routine training, education, monitoring, and audits, these risks can be managed.

Compliance doesn't need to be a burden, Eric Christensen will show you how organizations can have a correct implementation and adherence to standards that will benefit your practice.


About the Author

Eric Christensen is a nationally recognized speaker and author on compliance topics and practice management. Christensen co-founded Healthcare Compliance Pros in 2011, bringing his 30+ years’ experience in healthcare compliance, IT administration, and education to the organization. Christensen’s background in IT administration has been instrumental in providing a technical view of an organization's adherence to HIPAA privacy and security policies. Christensen’s expertise is highly regarded in the security risk audits he is asked to perform for hundreds of healthcare entities. His educational experience in healthcare administration and information technology partners well with his many certifications; MCSE, CCNA, CHCP, and others.

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