Apgar & Associates’ President & CEO Joins HSCC Joint Cybersecurity Working Group on Behalf of AHIMA

Chris Apgar, President & CEO of Apgar & Associates, recently joined the Health Sector Coordinating Council’s (HSCC) Joint Cybersecurity Working Group on behalf of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). HSCC is a coalition of industry associations and their members that collaborates with healthcare industry leaders and the government to address the healthcare sector’s … Read more

Privacy & Security Forum Update: OCR Activity, Audit Protocols, Ransomware & the HIPAA Security Rule

Julia and I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Privacy & Security Forum a couple of weeks ago.  One of the sessions I attended was focused on what’s happening at OCR these days.  The speaker was Roger Severino, Director of OCR, and the moderator was Adam Greene, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP.  I … Read more

OCR Pre-Audit Survey Approved by Office of Management & Budget: Are you ready for Round 2 OCR HIPAA Audits?

I’ve been updating all about the permanent or “second round” of OCR HIPAA audits for a while now. The HIPAA Audit program was initially to launch near year-end 2014. Now, we’re seeing details of the program, even though we don’t know when the OCR HIPAA audits will actually begin. However, OCR is taking the first … Read more