HealthInsight will present a free May 25, 2017 webinar on Introduction to Building and Governing Your HIPAA Compliance Program. For more information see http://healthinsight.org/hipaapass#events . Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee4kqc0g4fcb5073 .
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
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 .
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 .
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 .
Online registration is now open for the for the March 2-4, 2017 California Dialysis Council’s Annual Educational Conference in Desert Springs CA. Exhibitors must register by January 27, 2017. Early registration discounts for attendees expire February 3, 2017. The hotel registration deadline for group rates is February 8, 2017. Planned topics for the Conference include hypertension, fluid control, facility ratings, Network 18 update, staffing shortages, common survey issues, HIPAA audits, new technology, and motivation. For full details see http://www.californiadialysis.org/cdc-events/annual-conference.aspx .
The Federal Trade Commission has published guidance that goes beyond HIPAA, pointing out that it’s also illegal to phrase your HIPAA statements to patients in what could be construed as a deceptive manner. An example would be to say on page one of a disclaimer form that the patient’s information will go only to their doctor, but on page three ask them to sign authorization to send their information elsewhere. For details see https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/sharing-consumer-health-information-look-hipaa-ftc-act .
HIPAA has also recently added or emphasized new or revised guidance on:
- HIPAA and Cloud Computing – http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/cloud-computing/index.html
- HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audits – http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/compliance-enforcement/audit/index.html