HCCA Wrap Up

HITECH Answers

Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB, Vice President of Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy for MRO, shares insights from attending the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Institute, including updates on the OCR’s HIPAA audits and patient access guidelines.

The Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Institute is a must-attend event for provider, hospital and health system professionals working with any form of healthcare compliance. From its opening session on Sunday, March 26th to important updates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the 21st annual meeting delivered.

Top of the list for this five-time attendee included new insights regarding stage three of Phase 2 HIPAA audits, the OCR’s priorities for patients’ access to information, and strategies to build a “wildly effective” compliance program. Here are three key takeaways from this year’s event.