[ Friday, January 24, 2003 ]


HHS Speaks!!!!

You might've heard about this elsewhere, but HHS is going out in the field to explain the privacy rule. Here's the e-mail from Stanley Nachimson:

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be convening
four National Conferences on the HIPAA Privacy Rule. These one-day
conferences will be held in San Diego, Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. The
conferences are designed to provide an unprecedented opportunity to hear
from and interact with officials who developed the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and will be
responsible for interpreting and enforcing the rule. The HHS Office for
Civil Rights (OCR) will provide an expert faculty who will answer questions
from attendees during question and answer sessions following their
What you will learn:
* The principles underlying the Privacy Rule.
* How the Privacy Rule creates a national floor of privacy protections
* Who is a covered health care provider
* The implications of being an affiliated covered entity, a hybrid, or in an
organized health care arrangement
* "Business associate" issues
* What type of information is protected under the HIPAA Privacy Rule and
what is meant by the terms "use", "disclosure", "minimum necessary", and
"incidental disclosures"
* The Notice of Privacy Practices requirement
* When it is necessary to obtain an authorization to use or disclose PHI
* The right of patient to access, amend, and obtain an accounting of
disclosures of patient health information
* When to use an authorization for research and when research may be
conducted without an authorization
* How research authorizations pre-dating the compliance date are treated
* Appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards
* The requirements to train the workforce on covered entity policies and
* The OCR compliant investigation and compliance review authority
Information on registration, including registration fees, for the individual
conferences can be found below. Please be advised that seating is limited
and early registration is advisable. If you need reasonable accommodations
because of a disability, such as conference materials in alternative
formats, sign language interpreters, etc., send a message to
ADA-HIPAA@hhs.gov at least 10 - 15 days before the conference.

San Diego, California - Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Co-sponsored with the University of California
To register online, please click on the link below:

(Please paste the entire link (both lines [if it wraps]) into your browser to insure that you reach the site correctly)

Or for registration questions, contact Jill Collier at 858-822-4770 or
e-mail at jcollier@ucsd.edu

Atlanta, Georgia - Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Co-sponsored with Emory Healthcare at Emory University and The Morehouse
School of Medicine
To register online, please click on the link below:
Or for registration questions, contact 404-523-1996 ext 102, or e-mail

Brooklyn, NY - Saturday, March 1, 2003
Co-sponsored with SUNY Downstate Medical Center
To register online, please click on the link below:
Or for registration questions, contact 718-270-2422, or e-mail

Chicago, Illinois - Sunday, March 2, 2003
Co-sponsored with WEDI and Finch University of Health Sciences-The Chicago
Medical School
To register online, please click on the link below:
Or for registration questions, contact Lisa Berretta at 703-391-2743, or
e-mail lberretta@wedi.org"

Now, I ask you this: what impact will this have (or what hints does this provide) about when the Security Rule regulations will come out? Surely they won't want the Security Rule to be fresh off the press, and therefore be forced to answer questions about it, at these conferences. My guess: Security comes out in mid-March.

Jeff [4:51 PM]

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