Melamedia Seminar Focuses on Lessons Learned in Health Data Breaches to Manage Risks, Repercussions

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Many Healthcare Organizations Are Negotiating Business Associate Contracts Without a Clear Idea of the Practical Matters Involved with Breaches

Federal policymakers and healthcare entities are struggling to find their footing as health data breaches are expected to become so common that they look like they will become a routine cost of doing business. However, that time has not yet come.

Instead, much of the regulatory landscape remains unsettled for the short to mid-term.

Healthcare companies have been occupied with negotiating with Business Associates over who will be responsible for the management and cost of breaches in the wake of the HITECH Act's changes to the law. But many do not have a clear idea of the practical issues surrounding breaches and breach responsibilities.

That means figuring out the reality of breach notification has become an important business requirement.

That is not an easy task. The causes of breaches are varied and have different implications and repercussions for the covered entity, Business Associates and regulators.

Even HHS's Office for Civil Rights appears to be in flux. The agency has already pulled one breach report from the public list.

Despite this confusion, some lessons have already become apparent both in the short-term and long-term.

To help healthcare executives and compliance officers get a firm grasp of the strategies and actions required to respond to a breach, Melamedia, LLC, publishers of Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is sponsoring a 90-minute audio seminar:

Breach Notification in the Real World: Lessons Learned So Far

This seminar is a must for anyone who has any responsibility for managing patient data.

Participants will be briefed on:

  • The issues to immediately address when notified of a breach
  • Why some privacy and security officers are now becoming strategic business executives
  • Where there may be flexibility in determining the date of a breach
  • The practical considerations in determining whether patients have been harmed
  • The real world  role of senior management in data breaches
  • Dealing with  variations in state reporting requirements
  • Specific issues in dealing with Medicare in the event of a breach

And much more

When:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
1 - 2:30 pm Eastern

Who should listen:

  • Senior Healthcare Executives
  • Privacy and Security Officers
  • Healthcare Contract Officials
  • HIPAA Business Associates
  • Hospital Compliance Executives
  • HIM Professionals
  • Physicians
  • Healthcare Payers
  • Healthcare Marketing Professionals
  • Business Insurers
  • EHR Professionals
  • PHR Vendors
  • State and Federal Government Policymakers
  • Personal Data Collection Companies
  • Healthcare Attorneys
  • Healthcare Consultants

The faculty:

David S. Szabo is a partner in the national law firm, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, where he practices in the healthcare and privacy practice groups. He represents hospitals, integrated delivery systems, home care companies, and other healthcare service providers. He also represents healthcare information technology companies and life sciences companies. David organized the first regional healthcare information exchange organization in Massachusetts, and recently helped it complete a merger to create a comprehensive health information exchange organization that serves the leading hospitals, health plans and medical groups in Massachusetts.

Dennis Melamedis the editor and publisher of Health Information Privacy/Security Alert. A frequent speaker on patient data stewardshipissues, Dennis is an adjunct professor at the Drexel College of Medicine, where he lectures on patient data stewardship issues. He also is the chief editor and lead author of the three-volume HIPAA Handbook reference set.

Continuing education credits

All seminar participants will receive a certificate of participation
The seminar qualifies for up to 1.5 IAPP Credits

To register or learn more

Visit http://www.melamedia.com

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