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TMCNet:  EHNAC to Host Industry Forum on Mitigating OCR Audit Risk

[November 19, 2012]

EHNAC to Host Industry Forum on Mitigating OCR Audit Risk

FARMINGTON, Conn. --(Business Wire)--

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, today announced a free 90-minute webinar that will discuss OCR audit preparedness. Scheduled for 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 10, the webinar, "Are You Ready for an OCR Audit ," will examine how organizations can mitigate risk, prepare for and manage audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Host Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC, will be joined by healthcare and legal professionals with HIPAA, ARRA/HITECH and protected health information (PHI) expertise to answer questions related to OCR audits, and the implications to healthcare data privacy and security:

  • Sharon Klein, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • William O'Byrne, Executive Director, NJ-HITEC
  • Jim Bettendorf, Director, Regulatory Affairs, GatewayEDI
  • Jonathan Flam, CFO, Healthfusion
  • Doreen Espinoza, Chief Busines Development and Implementation Officer, UHIN
  • Ron Moser, Senior Auditor, EHNAC


"A large number of organizations have failed the audits and many reputable organizations face financial penalties and the fallout of being added to the OCR 'Wall of Shame,'" says Barrett. "Through this educational webinar, we hope to educate organizations on how to reduce their risk of being identified for an audit or help them prepare for an impending visit from OCR's audit enforcers, KPMG."

In addition, panelists will discuss the impact of recent regulations emanating from HIPAA, ARRA, HITECH, the Affordable Care Act and other compliance mandates, as well as discuss case studies of organizations that have completed the audit process. They will also explore how to define an organization's risk tolerance and implement strategies for addressing risk mitigation.

An open forum will follow the panel discussion to enable attendees to submit specific questions. Those interested in participating may register for the webinar here or visit www.ehnac.org for more information.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, medical billers, outsourced services and e-prescribing solution providers.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact info@ehnac.org.


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