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Protect your patients and avoid an audit

Briefings on HIPAA, January 1, 2009

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Providence Health & Services in Seattle is paying the price for violating HIPAA. A $100,000 resolution agreement is only the beginning. Implementing a corrective action plan to ensure its security program will cost it even more. So what can you do to make sure your facility has its HIPAA security checks in place and avoids an audit, monetary fines, and public scrutiny?

Keep the auditors away by ensuring that your security program is robust, dynamic, defensible, and routinely refined, Kate Borten, CISSP, CISM, president of The Marblehead Group in Marblehead, MA, said in a November 5, 2008, HCPro audio conference, “HIPAA Security Audits: Use Recent Findings to Develop an Effective Compliance Plan.”

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