2016 HIPAA Privacy Rule Update: New Guidelines and Rules

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Tue, May 03, 2016
60 minutes
Product Description

Get the Latest Updates on HIPAA Privacy Rules and Guidelines for the Year 2016


2016 got off to a good start for HIPAA compliance when HHS issued significant and extensive guidance on providing patients access to their Protected Health Information (PHI), and issued new rules easing communications with the National Instant Background Check System for some organizations. Additional guidance is expected this year, and rules may change on the sharing of mental health-related information under 42 CFR Part 2.

After some relative stability in the rules for a few years, 2016 started off with some significant changes and new guidance that health care providers need to be mindful of. The new guidance helps answer questions in a key HIPAA compliance area, patient access of records, and the new rules announced in January will help with efforts to disclose relevant information to the National Instant Background Check database. In addition, more changes are expected in providing access to information for research purposes, and in allowing disclosures of mental health related information. All in all, 2016 is shaping up to be a busy year for the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and Privacy Officers will need to stay up with the changes, which have significant impacts on policies, procedures, and privacy practices. Now is the time to rightly review your HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance in light of the new rules and guidance to make sure you’re in step with the latest compliance information.

Join this session with Jim Sheldon-Dean where we will identify the latest guidance on patient access of health information in detail and identify the areas where compliance mistakes are most often made. We will review the access process, including the proper handling of Denials of access; HHS has identified proper handling of Access and Denials as a problem area in compliance. We will review the new rules on providing information to the NICS database and explain whom they apply to and what they mean. In addition to this, we will review areas that are expected to see new guidance and changes to rules, such as changes to rules on disclosure under 42 CFR Part 2.

Session Highlights:

  • What is the current state of compliance with regulations on patient access of PHI?
  • What are the HIPAA rules for providing patient access to PHI?
  • Find out about the most frequent errors made under the rules for providing patent access to PHI. Where is your DRS? How to find your DRS? What to do with your DRS?
  • New guidance from HHS regarding patient access to PHI.
  • How to appropriately handle any denials of access to PHI?
  • New rules on disclosures to the National Instant Background Check database.
  • How the new NICS disclosure rules affect certain providers of health care services, and who those providers are?
  • How the rules are expected to change easing access to PHI for research?
  • Expected changes in the rules for sharing mental health related information under 42 CFR Part 2, to harmonize with other rules and simplify the disclosure process.

Session Agenda:

  • HIPAA and Patient Access of Protected Health Information
  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule Requirements for Access
  • New Guidance on Access of Protected Health Information
  • Allowable Fees and Methods of Access
  • Patient Rights to Request Insecure Communications
  • Access vs. Authorization – Two Different Processes
  • New Disclosures to Instant Criminal Background Check Database
  • Proposed Changes to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 Requirements for PHI Related to Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Expected Changes to HIPAA Accounting of Disclosures
  • HIPAA Breach Notification
  • HIPAA Audit Program

Who should attend?

  • Compliance Managers
  • HIPAA Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Health Information Managers
  • Medical Office Managers
  • Medical Practice Lawyers
  • CFOs
  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • Privacy Officers
  • Information Security Officers


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About Our Speaker

Jim Sheldon Dean - HIPAA Compliance & Regulations Expert

Jim Sheldon-Dean is a healthcare compliance and HIPAA expert in the areas of privacy and security regulatory compliance and business process analysis. He is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, a Vermont-based consulting firm founded in 1982, providing information privacy and security regulatory compliance services to a wide variety of healthcare entities. Jim is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA...   More Info
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