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HIPAA and Patient Access of Protected Health Information (Webinar T7033) Tue, Aug 18, 2020 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM The fee for this webinar is $195 for GHA members, $175 for members of any affiliated GHA Society, and $275 for non-members.
Please note our new pricing! A single registration provides unlimited access for all employees and trustees of your hospital or system, including a link to view the recording. One charge, unlimited lines.

Speaker
Jim Sheldon-Dean
founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC

Course Curriculum
Over many years, the heads of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have indicated that patient access of information is a key priority in order to improve the health of the nation. Patient rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have been expanded to include several rights of access, and detailed guidance has been issued on access of records. And two of the most recent HIPAA enforcement actions were against entities that did not provide patient access to records properly. HHS is now using HIPAA Individual Access Rights to effectively implement new rules on prohibitions to Data Blocking.

At the same time, a recent Federal court decision has changed some of the aspects of the individual access rules pertaining to transmitting records to third parties at the request of the individual. Additionally, HHS has issued guidance when HIPAA Business Associates are involved, regarding the responsibility for the timing, and form and format of replies to requests for access, and the responsibilities for compliance with the fee requirements

HIPAA now provides for individual rights to receive electronic copies of records held electronically, and patients have rights under HIPAA and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to directly access test results from the laboratories creating the data. Electronic record systems must be designed and implemented to securely provide access for patients to their information. These changes must be respected by entities subject to the HIPAA rules through modifications to policies and notices, and training of staff to reflect the new requirements.

This webinar will review how the rules having to do with patient access of records need to be reflected in every health care-related organization’s policies and procedures. Our speaker will provide clear and detailed information on how to provide access, what can be charged for in fees, and what the individual’s rights are when it comes to access of information.

Continuing Education Credits
Georgia Hospital Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approved for 1.5 Contact Hours.

The Georgia Hospital Association is an approved provider of nursing home administrator credits as a professional trade association in long term care under Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 393-13-.02, (1) (a). Approved for 1.5 contact hours.

If you are registering for an out-of-state hospital association, please contact the education department at education@gha.org, or 770-249-4542.