New Changes for HIPAA: Latest Rules and Their Impact

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Tue, Mar 27, 2012
60 Minutes
Product Description

New Changes For HIPAA Changes The Game.

New updates to the HIPAA regulations are being issued, containing numerous changes based, for the most part, on The HITECH Act passed in 2009.  Some of the latest regulations change such things as who is a Business Associate and who is responsible for their compliance and any HIPAA violations they make.  The new requirements have a direct impact on what needs to be put into the business associate agreements you establish.  Other changes put into effect new requirements to allow individuals to receive electronic copies of information held electronically, requiring that entities clearly define their HIPAA Designated Record Set.  

All kinds of covered entities, and now, business associates of covered entities as well, need to review their HIPAA compliance, policies, and procedures to see if they are prepared to meet the changes in the rules.  Covered entities that use electronic health records (EHRs) will need to meet new access and disclosure rules and all kinds of business associates will need to establish compliance programs.  The law includes new requirements for audits by the US Department of Health and Human Services, now under way, and the regulations call for mandatory penalties in the event of willful neglect of the regulations.  Also included are new requirements to restrict the flow of information in certain circumstances, and new restrictions on certain uses and disclosures.  

In this online conference our expert speaker Jim Sheldon-Dean will review the new regulations and will discuss their effects on usual practices. Jim will show what policies need to be changed and how, discuss how disclosures must be tracked in an EHR, review the various ways patient records can be supplied electronically, show what policies and evidence you need to produce if you are audited by the HHS Office of Civil Rights, and explain what a Business Associate needs to do differently under the new regulations, including providing a policy framework for information security. The new enforcement penalty structure and the latest plans for audits by HHS OCR will be described in this audio conference.

Here Is What You Will Learn:

  • The new regulations change the way individuals have access to their records, and how much they can find out about who has accessed their records.
  • Individuals can now request certain restrictions on disclosures that you must honor.
  • There are new requirements for disclosers of health information to apply “minimum necessary” standards.
  • Business Associates have new requirements to comply with HIPAA privacy protections and security safeguards and are subject to enforcement and penalties directly by HHS.
  • Sub-contractors of Business Associates are also considered to be Business Associates under the new rules.
  • Health Information Exchanges, Regional Health Information Exchanges, and e-Prescribing gateways are now considered to be Business Associates
  • New limitations on marketing and fund-raising may change how entities can reach out to individuals.
  • New audit and penalty requirements increase the need to make sure you are in compliance before HHS OCR knocks on the door.
  • The new penalty structure and the new audit program mean that you are more likely to be audited for HIPAA compliance, and you may be facing significantly higher penalties for non-compliance than ever before.

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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