March 25 HIPAA Privacy & Security Update Webinar

March 19, 2009 at 6:00 am

Health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses (“covered entities”) and their business associates must act quickly to update and strengthen their privacy and data security practices to comply with changing rules and guard against growing enforcement exposures. 

The privacy and data security practices of Covered Entities are under fire on several fronts.  The payment by CVS Pharmacies, Inc. of $2.25 Million settlement to resolve charges it violated existing Privacy & Security Rules and other recent civil and criminal enforcement actions demonstrate Covered Entities, their employees and service providers already face significant risks when existing HIPAA and other privacy and data security requirements are violated.   Meanwhile, Covered Entities face new restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information, new data breach and business associate agreement contract requirements, state civil lawsuits and expanded criminal and civil penalty exposures and other new risks under impending changes to the Privacy & Security Standards of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Stimulus Bill”) and other federal rule changes.  These and other recent developments make clear that covered entities and their employees, business associates and other workforce members must immediately get serious about compliance with the Privacy & Security Rules and other federal and state privacy and data security requirements.

Catch up on the latest amendments, enforcement trends and other HIPAA Privacy & Data Security Rule developments by participating in this two hour “HIPAA Privacy & Security Update Webinar” on March 25, 2009 beginning at Noon Central Time hosted by Solutions Law Press. Learn what you and your organization need to know to comply with new requirements and manage HIPAA compliance while getting valuable training that will help your organization document its efforts to comply with HIPAA\’s training requirements.

Attorney & HIPAA privacy author Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. will brief teleconference participants on what they need to know and do in response to impending rule changes and new enforcement risks. Participants also will be given the opportunity to ask questions on these and other developments.  Participants in the Teleconference will catch up on the latest guidance about:

  • Your responsibilities for protecting PHI and other sensitive personal information under HIPAA and FACTA
  • Specific requirements and restrictions you must comply with when using, disclosing, and safeguarding protected health information under the Privacy & Security Rules
  • Why your existing practices may not adequately meet your compliance obligations
  • New genetic information and testing nondiscrimination and privacy rules scheduled to take effect May 21, 2009 and their implications on your HIPAA Privacy & Data Security obligations
  • Impending new restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information added by the Stimulus Bill and what you must change to comply
  • Impending new requirements for business associates enacted under Stimulus Bill and what you and your business associates must do in response
  • Impending new breach notification requirements added under the Stimulus Bill and FACTA and what you must do to prepare to comply
  • When your organization may face new exposure to civil damages lawsuits by state Attorneys’ General for breaches of HIPAA’s Privacy or Security Standards
  • How the $2.25 Million CVS Pharmacies, Inc. settlement and other recent enforcement and regulatory guidance impacts these responsibilities and your risks
  • Common compliance mistakes that the regulators and private litigants look for
  • Steps to take to mitigate risks when a privacy or security breach occurs
  • Learn about HIPAA’s training and other compliance plan requirements and what you should do to prepare to show compliance
  • Other practical pointers

Participants also will hear practical steps to take to respond to these risks and requirements and will have the opportunity to ask questions.  To register or for more information, see CynthiaStamer.com.

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