OCR HIPAA Audit Program Overview
Brent Mckune, CPHIMS, CHPS—Senior Project Manager, KY REC
Brent is a Senior Project Manager with the Kentucky REC. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in Decision Science Information Systems, Brent offers more than 16 years of experience in healthcare IT, starting with his role coordinating a centralized health information system for a large, and integrated hospital network. Brent recently returned to the REC from a System Consultant Senior Analyst/Systems Operations Manager at Xerox Services in Frankfort, KY. Brent’s primary focus at the Kentucky REC is assisting critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural hospitals (RHs) in achieving meaningful use by providing advanced technical and meaningful use support. Brent has worked with numerous EHR’s in hospital and provider settings in which he provided guidance and best practices for system implementation—while achieving meaningful use. Brent has also served as the KY REC’s primary lead for a CDC grant aiding in the exchange of systemic therapy data for the Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) and the overall development of the Privacy and Security service line. Brent currently carries the AHIMA Certified HIPAA Privacy and Security (CHPS) and HIMSS Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) certifications.
Chris Reams, MA, CHPS—Director for Research and Business Development, KY REC
Chris Reams is the Director for Research and Business Development at the Kentucky REC. Chris brings more than 9 years of public health and healthcare experience to the Kentucky REC with previous work as a consultant and program manager in both the public and private sectors. He earned his Master’s in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Studies from DePauw University. Chris also holds credentialing with AHIMA, Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS). He has provided security and regulatory guidance to clients since 2013. He frequently lectures on HIPAA Security compliance, breach mitigation strategies, and data safety techniques. In his current capacity, Chris leads the expansion and management of numerous partnerships at the Kentucky REC. Including work with the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services to implement state-level strategic plans for Health IT initiatives, the development of health system/primary care partnerships across the Commonwealth, and manages the implementation of a suite of integrated services for 20 FQHCs across the state. Chris also leads and supports numerous grant submissions and responses to funding announcements for the Kentucky REC.