HIPAA Training Video

CMS has created a free video training module for health care providers on patients’ right of access under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  The video provides an in-depth review of the components of the HIPAA right of access and ways in which it enables individuals to be more involved in their own care.  It also provides helpful suggestions about how health care providers can integrate aspects of the HIPAA access into medical practice.  CME and CE credits are available.  Find details, and links to other useful HIPAA resources, at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/training/index.html .

HIPAA Identifiers

The May issue of Network 16 News is titled What to Know about HIPAA, and it includes a list of the 18 patient identifiers that, when any one or more of which are present, create Personally Identifiable information that must be protected according to HIPAA rules.

The “Question Corner” this month is about the most common patient concerns.  The “Hot Dates” section lists the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/nw-101-nw16-quality-conference/ ), and the September 23-25, 2017 ANNA Management & Leadership Conference sin Miami FL (see https://www.annanurse.org/events/nephrology-nursing-practice-management-leadership-conference ).

Find Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

3/28 HIPAA and Mobile Technology

HealthInsight’s HIPAA Privacy and Security Solutions (PASS) and Mountain-Pacific Quality Health’s Health Technology Services will present a free March 28, 2017 webinar on Mobile Technology Meets HIPAA Compliance.  Mobile technologies have created regulatory challenges that will only continue to increase.  Securing mobile technologies is a top priority, with a reported 90 percent of health care providers utilizing mobile devices and security experts warning of significant risks to their organizations.  The webinar will discuss the latest threats and newest technologies designed to boost your security efforts and safeguard your organization from becoming the next easy target.  Find more information and register at http://healthinsight.org/hipaapass#events .

The website also includes links to recorded versions of previous free HealthInsight HIPAA PASS webinars on:

  • How to Meet Breach Notification Requirements
  • How to Respond to a HIPAA Breach
  • Preparing for a HIPAA Audit
  • Introduction to Essential Steps for HIPAA Compliance Webinar
  • Introduction to Building and Governing Your HIPAA Compliance Program
  • Enforcement, Breach Notification and Business Associates

HIPAA FAQ re Loved Ones

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new FAQ clarifying that the HIPAA Privacy Rule permits disclosures to loved ones regardless of whether they are recognized as relatives under applicable law.  The FAQ, while applicable in a variety of circumstances, was developed in large part to address confusion following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting about whether and when hospitals may share protected health information with patients’ loved ones.  In particular, the FAQ makes clear that the potential recipients of information under the relevant permissive disclosure provisions of the law are not limited by the sex or gender identity of the person.  

In tandem, OCR is updating its existing Guidance on several provisions within the HIPAA Privacy Rule that recognize the integral role that a spouse often plays in a patient’s health and health care.  Consistent with a recent Supreme Court decision, OCR is issuing updated guidance that makes clear that the terms marriage, spouse, and family member include, respectively, all lawful marriages (whether same-sex or opposite-sex), lawfully married spouses and the dependents of all lawful marriages, and clarifies certain rights of individuals under the Privacy Rule.

Find the Guidance and a link to the FAQ at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/same-sex-marriage/index.html .

SC 1/30+ CA Dialysis Conference

The California Dialysis Council will present their 35th Annual Education Conference March 2-4, 2017 in Desert Hot Springs CA.  The Conference will include sessions on PD, fluid management, facility ratings, staffing, worries, survey issues, HIPAA audits, CEO/CMO panel, disaster planning, legislation, and motivation.  Exhibitors must register by January 30, 2017.  Early attendee registration discounts, and registration cancellation refunds, are available till February 3, 2017, and room reservations at the Conference hotel till February 8, 2017.  Find the Conference brochure at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CADialysis0317.pdf .  Find additional information and register at http://www.californiadialysis.org/events/35th-Annual-Educational-Conference-2017-46/details .

HIPAA and Public Health Agencies Fact Sheet

The HHS Office for Civil Rights and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a new 10-page Fact Sheet that explains how the HIPAA Rules permit disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) to support public health activities authorized by state or federal law and conducted by public health agencies.  It also gives examples of sharing PHI in support of other important public health policies.  Find the Fact Sheet at https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/12072016_hipaa_and_public_health_fact_sheet.pdf .