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.
Who should attend?
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...
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