The ever-growing number of state and federal laws concerning security and privacy rights for patients continues to increase the difficulty of maintaining legal compliance. Medical organizations must continually manage and update their policies and adhere to patients' privacy rights at all times. Given the inherent challenge of understanding your rights and responsibilities as a medical provider for protecting confidential patient information, are you confident that you can legally respond to requests for information from a variety of sources?
In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA protects insurance coverage for workers and their families during job change or loss and it created several programs to control fraud and abuse within the healthcare system. Because privacy legislation was not initially part of the Act, the Health and Human Services developed the Privacy Rule to further protect patients' rights. The Privacy Rule took effect in 2003 and it now regulates the use and disclosure of specified medical information. The purpose of the HIPAA Privacy Rule is to define and limit the circumstances in which a person's protected health information may be used or disclosed by covered entities.
As a healthcare provider, you must have a working knowledge of what information is protected under HIPAA and what patient information can be revealed to whom. If you're not fully confident that you and other members of your organization who deal with medical records and patient information are familiar with HIPAA, the Privacy Rule and the policies you have in place to protect your patients, this one-hour workshop is essential training you should enroll in today!
During this powerful one hour training course, our healthcare industry expert will provide you with an overview of the following:
- HIPAA and the Privacy Rule
- Patients, Covered Entities and Public Interest and Benefit Activities
- The Authorization Form for release of information
- Breaches of security
- Case studies concerning medical records and patient information distribution questions
- Tips for protecting yourself and your patients under this act
Whether you've been practicing medicine for years or are new to the healthcare profession, this one-hour webinar will provide you with invaluable information and a solid refresher on the HIPAA Privacy Rule and how you and your organization can maintain legal compliance. As technology evolves and the consumption of information increases, it's imperative that you understand what patient information can be released and to whom, what needs to take place in order to legally release this information and what you need to do in order to protect your patients while fulfilling requests legally and ethically. Enroll in class today!
What You'll Learn
- Recognize information protected by the Privacy Rule
- Discover how Patients, Covered Entities and Public Interest and Benefit Activities fit into the Privacy Rule
- Identify a wide variety of Public Interest and Benefit Activities exemptions
- Take a closer look at what is included in the authorization for release of information
- Enact five steps you must follow if a violation of privacy is suspected
- Check for the four pieces of information you need before releasing any patient information
- Practice utilizing your knowledge by analyzing applicable case studies
Who Will Benefit
Nurses, nurses' aides, physicians, office managers and staff in medical offices, clinical technicians, hospice workers, nursing home employees and every healthcare professional who handles patient information and disclosure will benefit from this information-packed program!