Free Webcast - Are Your Policies "Audit-Ready"?

Waukee, IA (PressExposure) June 09, 2009 -- CMS has published key guidance documentation – and this includes several policies and procedures – that will be examined if the organization is investigated or audited for HIPAA compliance. With increased enforcement activities and rising penalties, organizations can no longer be complacent about compliance with HIPAA Security standards, new regulations such as the HITECH Act and others such as Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.

Are your policies ready and updated? ecfirst has developed a comprehensive library of privacy and security policy templates that can be easily tailored to address requirements such as Massachusetts 201 CMR 17 as well as HIPAA, HITECH and the ISO 27000 standard.

In this complimentary Webcast, HIPAA and security expert Ali Pabrai, CEO of HIPAA Academy, will walk you thru key policies, procedures and other documents that your organization must establish to comply with HIPAA, the HITECH Act and State regulations such as those for Massachusetts and California. These policies are typically requested for review during a compliance audit or an investigation.

In addition to addressing the new HITECH and HIPAA requirements and the corresponding stringent compliance standards the webinar will also discuss tools and mechanisms for effective management of policies in healthcare environment including policy authoring, approval management, revisions and archiving. This type of automation is a vital component in achieving compliance and audit ready status. Be Audit Ready Now. Register at

When? Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 12:00pm (noon) Eastern Time (11:00a Central) (9:00a Pacific)

Duration: Approx. 45 minutes

Cost: Complimentary

What You Will Learn? This webcast will focus on the requirements of the HITECH Act, HIPAA, and State regulations such as Massachusetts 201 CMR 17 for policies and on policy management and automation. In this webcast, you will: • Step through the list of documents that would likely be requested for a HIPAA security audit • Walk thru critical steps to meet HITECH and HIPAA compliance requirements for policies and procedures • Examine options available to manage compliance and security policies • Analyze security policy templates for standards such as the ISO 27000 that may be used to build your library of policies and address compliance requirements • Review methods for automation of policies and procedures management to address compliance requirements.

Speaker Ali Pabrai, CISSP (ISSAP, ISSMP), CSCS Cyber Security & Compliance Expert Ali Pabrai, chief executive of ecfirst, an Inc. 500 business (2004), is a highly sought after cyber security and compliance expert. Mr. Pabrai has successfully delivered tailored security solutions to hundreds of organizations across the United States. He is also the author of the executive brief “Cyber Security Strategy: The 4 Laws of Information Security” and established the Certified Security Compliance SpecialistTM (CSCSTM) program that addresses key compliance and security regulations, including PCI DSS, ISO 27001/27002, HIPAA, FISMA and others. Mr. Pabrai established the healthcare industry’s gold standard program on HIPAA certification with the establishment of the HIPAA AcademyTM.

Mr. Pabrai is a featured speaker and has presented opening keynote and other sessions at several conferences worldwide, including Microsoft HUG (HIMSS), HIMSS Midwest, Internet World, Comdex, NetSecure, and Information Systems Security Associations (ISSA) Conferences. He is also a member of the U.S. FBI InfraGard.

Albert Jurkiewicz is the founder and CEO of He is an expert in addressing healthcare specific communication needs, process automation, and P&P management. has assisted many hospitals throughout US achieve compliance through P&P process automation and improve communications with use of innovative web tools.

About ecfirst – Home of the HIPAA Academy ecfirst, an Inc. 500 business, delivers specialized solutions in the areas of compliance, information security and professional services. With over 1,400 clients, ecfirst services include risk analysis, vulnerability assessment, development of policies and procedures, and conducting a business impact analysis to develop disaster recovery plans. The HIPAA Academy, a division of ecfirst, is the gold standard for HIPAA training, e-learning, certification and compliance solutions. The HIPAA Academy is exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for its HIPAA training solutions. For more information, please visit or

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About ecfirst

ecfirst, an Inc. 500 business, has served over 1400 clients all across the United States in the areas of compliance, security and professional services. ecfirst delivers deep expertise with its full suite of services that include Compliance Auditing, Contingency Planning & Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Vulnerability Assessments, our industry-unique Managed Compliance Program, Single Sign-On analysis and implementation, IT Project Management, and general security and IT infrastructure solutions.

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