A new audiocast offering continuing medical education (CME) credit can help you improve your practice’s security posture and mitigate risk under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Produced by the AMA and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the audiocast provides practical insight about the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules. The audiocast, titled “The nuts and bolts of achieving HIPAA security rule compliance through effective risk assessment,” is accompanied by an AMA toolkit and answers to frequently asked questions.

Salvatore Volpe, MD, a physician in solo practice, and Lee Kim, director of privacy and security with HIMSS, discuss the three core compliance areas of HIPAA and how to review and update HIPAA compliance plans. They also explain how to avoid civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance.

Intended for physicians and their office staff, this activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Participants in this activity will learn how to determine their current compliance with HIPAA and identify strategies to implement changes in their practice to ensure full compliance with the newly updated rules. The official compliance date was Sept. 23.

Participants can also access these resources in the AMA’s full HIPAA toolkit, which includes a template notice of privacy practices and a sample business associate agreement. 

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