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Risk Analysis to Meet HIPAA HITECH and Meaningful Use Webinar By MentorHealth
5/7/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Overview: This presentation will guide the user on the principles of Risk Analysis and Risk Management to prioritize risks. It will rely heavily on the NIST 800-30 as revised and finalized on 09/18/2012.

The process of risk analysis starts with the simple principle that you must know you have an asset in order to protect it. This presentation will provide information about how to determine where the risks to the organization exist and point organizations to where to look for this information. Once information asset locations have been identified, then the risk and safeguards to that information can be explored.

Risk assessments are a key part of effective risk management and facilitate decision making at all three tiers in the risk management hierarchy including the organization level, network level, and information system level.

Risk Management is a process that provides for the identification, prioritization and management of technical and non-technical risk to the confidentiality, integrity or availability of information. Risks cannot be eliminated; they must be managed appropriately. A key step in security management is risk analysis; that is, identifying threats and vulnerabilities against security controls and measures. A risk analysis allows an organization to estimate potential loss. It also can help determine the most appropriate and cost-effective security measures to implement. After the risk analysis is performed, organizations should implement the safeguards and controls needed to keep risks at an acceptable level as determined by executive management or owner.

Why should you attend: The HIPAA security rule requires every covered entity (CE) to conduct a risk analysis to determine security risks and implement measures "to sufficiently reduce those risks and vulnerabilities to a reasonable and appropriate level." In addition to attest for Meaningful Use and organization must complete a HIPAA Risk Analysis and implement a Risk Management Program. This would include conducting a risk analysis at the organizational, network and application levels.

HITECH EMR Meaningful Use Post-Pay Audits have included a request that organizations provide proof that a risk analysis was performed prior to the end of the reporting period. In addition, they will ask for a risk mitigation plan to address deficiencies and they may request completion dates. It is not the Vendors Responsibility to conduct an application risk analysis; it is the covered entities responsibility. The Meaningful Use guidance has also shown that your risk analysis cannot be limited to just the application.

This session will explore the processes and methods that can assist organizations prioritize IT security projects by addressing the highest risks to the organization. Covered entities must make security decisions on what is appropriate for their specific environment and risk analysis is the tool to ensure that risk mitigation activities are reasonable for a specific environment.

This presentation reviews the regulatory requirements for security risk analysis and management, provides an overview of the types of risk analysis that can be performed, and offers a practical approach on how to comply with these requirements.

Areas Covered in the Session:

Locate the data, and then conduct a risk analysis

Define Reasonable By Using NIST and CMS Guidance as a Guide

Risk Analysis Steps

Identify the scope of the specific analysis

Gather Data

Identify and document potential threats and vulnerabilities

Assess and document current security measures

Determine the likelihood of threat occurrence

Determine the potential impact of threat occurrence

Determine the level of risk

Identify potential security measures and finalize documentation

Risk Management Steps

Develop and implement a risk management plan

Implement security measures

Evaluate (monitor) and maintain security measures

Risk Mitigation or Acceptance Options

Define Reasonable by Using the HIPAA Regulation as a Guide

The size, complexity, and capabilities of the covered entity

The covered entity's technical infrastructure, hardware, and software security capabilities

The costs of security measures

The probability and criticality of potential risks to EPHI

Conducting a Risk Analysis Of my Certified EMR

What questions should I ask?

What Documentation should I retain?

Creating a mitigation plan

Who Will Benefit:

Information Security Officers

Compliance Officers

Chief Information Officers

Meaningful Use Coordinators

William Miaoulis CISA, CISM, is a senior healthcare information system (IS) professional with more than 20 years of healthcare Information Security experience. Bill is the founder and primary consultant for HSP Associates. Prior to starting HSP Associates in January of 2013, Bill was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and led the HIPAA security and privacy consulting efforts for Phoenix Health Systems for over 11 years and also was the HIPAA Consulting Manager for SAIC for 18 months. For seven years, Miaoulis was the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center’s Information Security Officer, where he instituted the first security and privacy programs at UAB starting in October 1992.


Phone No: 800-385-1607

FaX: 302-288-6884

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Significant Changes Required by the Final Omnibus Rules
5/13/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Overview: The focus of this presentation is to help covered entities and business associates understand what key changes they should have in place now, based upon the final omnibus rules. In this session, you will learn about significant changes to the HIPAA privacy and breach notification rules and some minor changes to the security rule.

Discussions will also include information from the comments to the rule which provided informative guidance to the changes, as well as clarifications for existing rules. Tips to comply with these changes will be reviewed.

Why should you Attend:Determining what changes organizations need to put in place to be in compliance with the final omnibus rules can be frustrating and take a lot of time. Many organizations are still struggling to figure out what they need to do to be in compliance with the original HIPAA rules. The compliance date of the final omnibus rules has come and gone (9/23/13; with a transition compliance date for previously compliant business associate agreements of 9/22/14). If your organization has not reviewed and updated its HIPAA compliance program, it is at risk of penalties, such as fines and corrective action plans. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is increasingly penalizing organizations for they investigate incidents reported by patients and employees.

In addition, the OCR will likely resume its random audit program, which could also result in penalties. One common theme for OCR penalties provided is not having appropriately documented and implemented policies and procedures. Attend this webinar to learn what significant changes you should put in place to avoid being penalized. Important note for business associates: the final omnibus rules extended liability to you and requires you to comply with most of the HIPAA rules. Essentially, the OCR may audit, investigate, and provide you with penalties. In other words, your organizations are significantly impacted by the final omnibus rules.

Areas Covered in the Session:


Breach notification rule

Business associates

Privacy rule

Security rule


Who Will Benefit:

Privacy Officers and their employees

Compliance Officers and their employees

Risk Managers and their employees

Health Information Management leaders and staff (HIM)

Health care attorneys

Clinic Managers/Directors

Privacy and security consultants

Business associates and subcontractors

Holly is a privacy and security consultant who has worked with the HIPAA privacy and security rules for over eleven years. She is recognized for helping small to large sized organizations understand and become compliant with these regulations in an organized, ethical, and straightforward way. Holly has extensive experience in developing and implementing customized policies, procedures, forms, and education programs. In addition, she has facilitated security risk analyses for over 80 covered entities and business associates. She developed a comprehensive toolkit to streamline this process. During her eight year tenure as a Privacy Officer for an integrated community-based health care system, she developed and oversaw all privacy and security initiatives. Holly has over 20 years of diverse health care experience in a variety of patient care settings.


Phone No: 800-385-1607

FaX: 302-288-6884

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The CMS Hospital Discharge Planning Standards and Discharge Planning Worksheet Webinar By MentorHea
5/6/2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Overview: This program will discuss the CMS worksheet on discharge planning. The discharge planning worksheet states that the necessary medical record information, such as a discharge summary, should be dictated and in the hands of the primary care physician or other physician before the first visit. Is your hospital familiar with the interpretive guidelines and the worksheet information? Come learn what other important things CMS has in their revised worksheet on preventing hospital readmissions!! CMS has recently issued their third revisions to the worksheets.

Every hospital that accepts Medicare and Medicaid must be in compliance with the CMS discharge planning guidelines. These standards must be followed for all patients and not just Medicare or Medicaid. CMS requires a number of discharge planning policies and procedures so come learn which ones are required and why. CMS is placing a high priority on improving patient safety and the quality of care. This is consistent with their initiative, the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, which is aimed to keep patients from getting injured or harmed while in the hospital setting. The goal is to reduce hospitals acquired conditions by 20%. CMS feels that hospitals in full compliance with the hospital CoPs will be in a better position to reduce healthcare acquired conditions.

Areas Covered in the Session:

CMS issues Discharge Planning memo issued May 17, 2013

Transmittal issued July 19, 2013

CMS Deficiency Memo shows this is a problematic area


Blue box or advisory boxes

Consolidation of 24 standards into 13 tags

CMS crosswalk to old tags

Discharge planning

Identification of patients in need of discharge planning

Discharge planning evaluation

RN, social worker or qualified person to develop evaluation

Timely evaluation

Discussion of evaluation with patient or individual acting on their behalf

Discharge evaluation must be in the medical record

Discharge plan

Physician request for discharge planning

Implementation of the patient's discharge plan

Reassessment of the discharge plan

Freedom of choice for LTC or home health agencies

Transfer or referral


Who Will Benefit:

Discharge Planners

Transitional Care Nurses

Case Managers

Social Workers

Chief Nursing Officer

Compliance Officer

Chief Operation Officer

Chief Medical Officers


Sue Dill Calloway R.N., M.S.N, J.D. is a nurse attorney and President of Patient Safety and Healthcare Consulting and Education. She is the past Chief Learning Officer for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation. She was the past VP of Legal Services at a community hospital in addition to being the Privacy Officer and the Compliance Officer. She worked for over 8 years as the Director of Risk Management and Health Policy for the Ohio Hospital Association. She was also the immediate past director of hospital patient safety and risk management for The Doctors Insurance Company in Columbus area for five years. She does frequent lectures on legal and risk management issues and writes numerous publications.


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The Politics And Ethics Of Health Care Reform Webinar By MentorHealth
5/8/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Overview: All major health policy initiatives that seek to redraw lines and reshape the system are going to be controversial; that is a given. However, recent efforts to address cost, coverage, and efficiency issues in the system have produced a firestorm of debate, political posturing, and questionable behavior. There have been threats, dire predictions of disaster, overblown expectations, dysfunctional web sites, quirky Supreme Court decisions, and other events that have turned the normally dry field of health policy into high drama.

Patients are turning to health care professionals to find out what is really going on, and many of those professionals are not always able to separate the wheat from the chaff. Among the key issues are:

Patient fears that Medicare will somehow be compromised or even eliminated

Massive variations among states regarding expansion of the Medicaid program

Insurer practices that appear to be seeking to continue the practice of discrimination against the sick - practices that in some cases have the support of state governors, who are refusing to enforce anti-discrimination provisions of the ACA

Concerns about the privacy of personal patient medical information, which has always been at risk, but is widely seen as being more vulnerable as system- and even community-wide health care data bases are developed and electronic medical records and e-prescribing become the order of the day

Issues of access to care, as fewer and fewer physicians accept Medicaid patients, physicians treating Medicare patients move to "concierge" practices, and physicians move from individual or small-group practices to large medical groups

The growing problem of overprescribing and misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs - will e-prescribing make it worse?

The battle for the "hearts and minds" of the public, which has involved both scare tactics and intentional misinformation

None of this is new; the battle 50 years ago over the creation of Medicare and Medicaid was one of the nastiest political fights in American history. When the war was finally over, the most powerful lobby in Washington, DC, had lost much of its clout, and a new era of government involvement in care of the aging had been ushered in. Could the current debate have similar far-reaching consequences?

This webinar will examine what has happened historically with tough health policy fights and their results, and will apply some of those lessons to the current situation. It will also provide objective information about some of the major contemporary battles, what the truths and falsehoods are, and what may happen with regard to them. It will also identify political and ethics issues that are part and parcel of the changing scene that have been largely overlooked - and that could play a major role in determining the success or failure of health care reform. These include ACA's failure to provide for the poorest of the poor, the gray area of coverage for undocumented immigrants, the coming fight over what constitutes optimal care for a given condition, changes in payment structure that will force providers to think in entirely new ways, and the failure of the ACA (or any other initiative, for that matter) to ensure that health care will be both accessible and affordable going forward.

Why should you attend: There has been enough inaccurate information spread about the major reform initiatives of the day - the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the HITECH Act, and state coverage innovations - to make the Brothers Grimm appear to have been telling the absolute truth. That has been one major dilemma in the debate over sweeping changes in the health care system that is being attempted by powers both public and private. But there have been other problems as well, and among them has been a passionate, but at the same time, dispiriting political fight over government's role in health care and the responsibility of the individual. Insurers have tried to get around the new rules; state governors have refused to participate in or enforce certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act; adoption of new approaches by providers, even when virtually mandated, has been spotty. The result is a landscape littered with uncertainty and inconsistency that has left the average health care professional confused and, in many cases, angry.

On top of those stresses have been thorny ethics problems that have dogged reform efforts from the beginning. A provision in the ACA that would have paid physicians $50 for discussing end-of-life issues with Medicare patients (which most physicians do, anyway) was condemned as an attempt to shorten the lives of those patients. A commission charged with finding ways to reduce inflation in the Medicare program was condemned as a "death panel." A $2 billion fund to improve public and preventive health activities was diverted by Congress to non-health care purposes.

Where does the truth lie? How can the politics of health get this ugly? What are the real political and ethical quandaries posed by health care reform, and how might they be addressed? Health care professionals need to know, not only in order to be in compliance with new laws and regulations, but also because they should be involved in addressing these thorny issues.

Areas Covered in the Session:

Previous major battles over health care system reform initiatives - what happened and why

The politics of reform - high stakes, key players

Unresolved political issues of recent reform initiatives

Unresolved ethics issues of recent reform initiatives

Improving both the environment and the quality of the debate

Who Will Benefit:

Health Care Professionals

Hospital and Health System Trustees

Executives, Clinician Leaders, and Department Heads

Employers and Employer Health Care Coalitions

Biomedical Ethicists and Consultants

News Media Representatives who cover the health care field

Community Health Care Advocates

Health Care Planners

Emily Friedman is an independent health policy and ethics analyst based in Chicago. She has been researching and writing and speaking about health policy since 1977. Among her areas of interest are future trends in health care; health care reform initiatives; “comparative effectiveness” and other quality improvement efforts; the social ethics of health care; the future of health care leadership; the ethics of health care leadership; health policy and how it works (or doesn’t); the impact of demographic change on health care; insurance and coverage issues; lessons from international health systems; and the relationship of the public and society with the health care system. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, where she has repeatedly been named one of the School’s best teachers; an honorary life member of both the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association; and a prolific lecturer and writer.


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What is a Serious Adverse Events and how do I handle these Webinar By MentorHealth
5/15/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
online event Fremont, California United States
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Overview: When conducting clinical trials it is important to understand and be able to identify serious adverse events (SAE). These are events that are serious, likely related to the study drug, device, treatment or procedure, and increase risks to participants or others.

Serious adverse events are defined by the FDA as "Any adverse experience that places the patient, in the view of the initial reporter, at immediate risk of death from the adverse experience as it occurred, i.e., it does not include an adverse drug experience that, had it occurred in a more severe form, might have caused death." Although this definition seems clear, there are words within the definition itself that have to be understood in order to ensure compliance. Who is the initial reporter? What is an adverse experience? Is an adverse experience different or the same as an adverse drug experience? How do you know if a more severe form as occurred? Is death the SAE or is the cause of death the SAE?

This webinar will help sort out all these issues and get you to a better understanding of what needs to be reported to who.

Why should you attend: Regulations and guidance can be overwhelming and seem conflicting when it comes to handling serious adverse events, it is important to know when and what needs to be submitted, reviewed, and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and what can be handled by the investigator as non-reporting of events that are considered reportable can lead to issues related to non-compliance.

Areas Covered in the Session:

ICH guidelines and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidance

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance


Potential effects on consent and the protocol


Links to useful resources

Who Will Benefit:

Human Subjects Research

Healthcare interested in exploring the field of Clinical Research

New Clinical Research Coordinator Positions (1-2 years)

New Principal Investigator Positions

Administration in charge of Clinical Research

Regulatory Compliance

Sarah Fowler-Dixon, PhD, CIP is Education Specialist and instructor with Washington University School of Medicine. She has developed a comprehensive education program for human subject research which has served as a model for other institutions. She crafted budgets, policies, procedures, reporting, and training for the new program. She has initiated the planning, development, authorship and implementation of many human subjects research policies, practices, guidelines, submission and reviewer forms often working with state and federal authorities.


Phone No: 800-385-1607

FaX: 302-288-6884

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Comparing AgileScrum and CMMI How They Can Work Together
5/28/2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online Event(World wide) Fremont, California United States
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Scrum is a pre-defined development lifecycle based on Agile principles. Agile methodologies promote a project-management process that encourages frequent inspection and adaptation, and a leadership philosophy using teamwork, self-organization and accountability. CMMI is a collection of practices that organizations (software, hardware and IT) can adopt to improve their performance. The CMMI comes with two main views (representations), Staged and Continuous. Staged shows all of the Process Areas (groups of related practices) in the form of a road map, allowing organizations to focus on basic improvements before attempting advanced topics. The Continuous representation has the same content but allows for any topic (Process Area) to be selected à la carte.

Effective Portfolio Management Webinar By EITAGlobal
5/13/2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online Event(World wide) Fremont, California United States
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This webinar is about Effective Portfolio Management. The objective is to help insure that you prioritize and select the right project for your strategic objective so you can manage this portfolio with agility and flexibility in order to adapt to "real life" while delivering the results as required. Are you funding the right projects? Is your staff working on the right task? Are you getting maximum value with the investments you have? Effective Portfolio Management is about getting the highest value of your investments while delivering the best value in accordance with the vision, principles and organization priorities.

From Enterprise Service Bus ESB to Internet Service Bus ISB
5/21/2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online Event Fremont, California United States
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We have successfully built and integrated service based applications. Now we want to deploy them in the cloud and take advantage of commercial, cloud-based applications, but the integration challenges become much more complicated than between on-premise applications. Recent surveys show, for example, that companies abandon SaaS solutions because of problems integrating SaaS with on-premise applications.

Improving the Quality of Your Data Models Webinar By EITAGlobal
5/8/2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online Event(World wide) Fremont, California United States
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Based on a combination of original research and practical use of data models in the field, usually under significant time pressure, the presenter has amassed a number of techniques for developing and checking the quality of data models. Models have been developed over the past 25 years in a wide range of industries including CPG, Manufacturing, Insurance, Media, Energy, Telecommunications, Service and Healthcare.

SB Makerspace General Meeting
4/26/2014 2:00 PM
Santa Barbara Makerspace Goleta, California United States
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Makers,We have general meetings every Saturday @ 2pm in the makerspace. We'd love to see you there!

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