White Papers

New White Paper! Issued March 1, 2019

Healthcare Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery — No Longer an Afterthought in Today’s World

By Scott Gerard, CPA, Partner Crowe LLP and Robert Malarkey, CISSP, CISA, Crowe LLP

A healthcare organization’s operations and network can be greatly impacted, or even shut down, due to a natural disaster or the harmful actions of bad actors.

The mass shooting in a Chicago hospital in November 2018 was a stark reminder that today’s hospitals and health systems face an increasing array of dangers that threaten to disrupt patient care and business operations. Workplace violence in the healthcare industry overall is on the rise, with one recent U.S. Government Accountability Office study reporting healthcare workers at inpatient facilities are five to 12 times more likely to encounter nonfatal violence in the workplace than workers in other industries.1 Cyberattacks, which can bring down electronic health record (EHR) applications and other vital systems in a matter of seconds, also have become more commonplace.2

1   “Lawmakers Seek OSHA Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care,” Safety+Health, March 14, 2018,  https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/16776-lawmakers-seek-osha-standard-on-workplace-violence-prevention-in-health-care
2  Aziza Kasumov, “Cyberattacks on Health-Care Providers Are Up in Recent Months,” Bloomberg, July 17, 2018,  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-17/cyberattacks-on-health-care-providers-are-up-in-recent-months

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AHIA white papers provide healthcare internal audit practitioners with non-mandatory professional guidance on important topics. They are intended to supplement and support the mandatory requirements of formal professional standards. By providing healthcare specific information and education, white papers can help practitioners evaluate risks, develop priorities and design audit approaches.

White Paper Subcommittee:

Chair: Alan Henton
Mark Eddy
Linda McKee
Debi Weatherford
Publications Board Liaison: Debbie Pazourek

If interested in authoring a white paper, contact Chair at alan.p.henton@vumc.org

CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

The Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA) is pleased to announce its Call for White Papers on topics concerning the art and science of healthcare internal auditing.  A white paper is an authoritative report or guidance that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body's philosophy on the matter. It is meant to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem or make a decision.

AHIA welcomes papers aimed at beginner to expert level practitioners. This includes original content clearly related to healthcare internal auditing that does not promote commercial products or services. 

This is your opportunity to share your ideas, concepts, case studies, and proven methods with the AHIA healthcare internal audit community!

Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis…

White Paper Topics Include:

Best Practices & Case Studies
Learn best practices from the experiences of other healthcare IA practitioners. Papers in this category should provide real- life examples of implementation and lessons learned or application of various tools and models. Papers should also include specific examples of how you addressed challenges and provide measures of success.

Models in Healthcare Internal Audit
This category includes healthcare IA management theory around innovation, emerging trends, value or the future of our field.

Special Interest and Other Topics
This area provides an opportunity to address specific industries such as government, healthcare and risk management.

Specific topics of interest are listed here, but proposals with unique quality and insight on related topics will also be considered.

  • Data analytics and continuous auditing (integrating with audits, describe a case study)
  • Research and IRB related audits (other than typical clinical trial audits), such as grant effort reporting and expense audit procedures
  • Information Technology audits (IT general controls, high risk areas)
  • Accounts Receivable and Revenue Cycles
  • Clinical auditing
  • Credentialing- physician, general, new enrollment, etc.
  • Charge capture (coding)
  • 340B Drug diversion
  • Ethics
  • Auditing quality measures
  • 501r implementations

Submission Guidelines

To be considered for white paper development consideration, please send us your topic idea and meet the following requirements:

  • Submitted via email to ahia@ahia.org – Subject Line – WHITE PAPER SUBMISSION
  • Authors must include an abstract accurately summarizing the topic and focus of the paper (approximately 100-200 words) and author’s bio (approximately 75 words).
  • Content must be structured clearly and provide an introduction (executive summary), results and observations, and conclusion.
  • Content should be technically correct and be of interest to a wide audience of healthcare IA practitioners.
  • Submissions cannot be previously published in their current or similar form.
  • Submission that are commercial in tone and/or intended to be promotional in nature will not be considered.
  • All ideas must be submitted in English.

Review/Acceptance Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the White Paper Subcommittee composed of AHIA members. The Subcommittee will vet each idea submission.  Upon acceptance, we will be in touch to work with you on the development of the White Paper in collaboration with the subcommittee. Authors/Contributors must permit AHIA to publish papers across various channels. Any written content including graphics and images from third parties must have written permission for use.

Links to existing white papers:

2019

Healthcare Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery — No Longer an Afterthought in Today’s World

2018

Your Dollars Matter: Inpatient Quality Reporting and Healthcare- Acquired Infections

Drug Diversion Prevention & Detection: Using a Comprehensive Risk & Internal Audit Approach

Securing Data & Delivering Value: Identifying Patient and Employee Related Sensitive Information in Data Repositories

2017

AHIA White Paper Guidance Issued: Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and Other Priorities for Internal Auditors in US Healthcare Providers

HIPAA: 5 Steps to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines

Cyber Assurance: How Internal Audit,Compliance and Information Technology Can Fight the Good Fight Together

2016

Cybersecurity, IT Transformation and Analytics: Addressing Priorities for Internal Auditors in US Healthcare Provider Organizations

Data Analytics in Healthcare Internal Audit: A New Level of Value

Beyond HIPAA compliance: Aligning IT audit and information security to manage information risks

2015

AHIA IT Audit and Information Security Survey

Evaluating Hospital Pharmacy Inventory Management and Revenue Cycle Processes

Priorities for Internal Auditors in US Healthcare Provider Organizations - Chief Concerns Include Cybersecurity, Regulatory Compliance and Fraud

ICD-10: Ready or Not? Survey Results Provide an Overview of ICD-10 Implementation and Planning Status

HHS/OIG “Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight”

2014

Pharmacy Related Risk Areas (Deloitte/AHIA):

Auditing and Monitoring (HCCA/AHIA)

2013

Third-party Relationships and Your Confidential Data (Grant Thornton/AHIA)

Auditing and Monitoring White Papers (HCCA/AHIA)

2012

Meaningful Use Risks (PwC/AHIA)