HITECH Revisions to Your HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

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60 minutes
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New Final Rules Mandate Significant Changes By September 23, 2013

Did you know? New updates to the HIPAA regulations contain numerous changes based, for the most part, on The HITECH Act passed in 2009. Some of the most significant changes have to do with individual rights under HIPAA that must be listed in an entity’s HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.  

Red flag: That means all HIPAA Covered Entities who currently provide a Notice of Privacy Practices must update their NPPs to reflect these alterations in individual rights no later than September 23, 2013. Violations are subject to enforcement that can include fines up to $50,000.

Here’s what’s different:

  • new requirements for the NPP to include notice of fundraising activity and an opportunity to opt out,
  • new requirements for individuals to provide authorization for the sale of PHI,
  • new rights of access to electronic records,
  • new rights to restrict certain disclosures, and
  • new rights of notice in the event of a breach.  
  • Health Plans also have changes related to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that must be reflected in their NPPs.

Also, reimbursed marketing activity that may have been permissible without authorization from the individual under the old rules used to require notice in the NPP. Now all such marketing activity (paid for by a third party wishing to promote a product or service) will require authorization and no longer needs to be specifically listed in the NPP.

The changes you have to follow are numerous. What’s more — many of these are subtle and require an in depth examination of your Notice of Privacy Practices.

In this expert audio conference, you’ll review the new regulations and their effects on HIPAA Notices of Privacy Practices.  You’ll be able to describe the new rights that must be added into your NPP and identify the places where current rights have been modified. In addition, you’ll identify typical items that may be removed from your NPP. Remember, it is always advisable to keep NPPs as short and readable as possible while covering all the requirements. Finally, you will examine a typical NPP and highlight the places where changes might best be made. Here is the information that you need to add or remove to meet requirements most efficiently and economically.

This session will help you:

  • Update all HIPAA Notices of Privacy Practices to meet the new rules by September 23, 2013.
  • Determine the schedule of implementation and scope of the changes.
  • Understand how individuals have a new right to request electronic copies of information held electronically, and that must be reflected in the NPP.
  • Underline how individuals have new rights to restrict disclosure of encounter information to an insurer if it is paid fully out of pocket by the individual.  The NPP must identify this right.
  • Describe fundraising activity in the NPP, with an opportunity to opt-out.
  • Find out what information you do NOT have to include about reimbursed marketing activity in NPPs anymore, but you do always need to get an authorization.
  • Learn how to include notice that any breaches will be reported in the NPP.
  • Uncover how to include in NPPs the new changes pertaining to GINA, restricting the use of genetic information in enrollment.
  • Delineate how you should update your NPP – as in, how do you document it, to whom does it go, and how?

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

Who should attend? Compliance Manager, HIPAA Officer, Chief Information Officer, Health Information Manager, Medical Office Manager, Medical Practice Lawyer, CFO, CEO, COO. Privacy Officer, Information Security Officer.

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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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