Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) July 10, 2012
HIPAA and the HITECH Act do not exist in isolation or in a vacuum. Health data stewardship policies and procedures ripple through a covered entity’s operation. That means that HIPAA/HITECH Act compliance requires coordination among all elements of the organization.
At a minimum, your HIPAA/HITECH Act compliance program creates new legal exposures. The way in which your organization puts these policies into practice increasingly triggers not only HHS scrutiny, but also the attention of labor regulators, employment attorneys and judges.
Covered Entities and Business Associates now are discovering the grim reality that treating HIPAA/HITECH policies in isolation and without considering their effects on every aspect of the organization can be costly and inefficient.
Consider the following:
- Since September 2010, OCR has received almost 60,000 reports of breaches affecting fewer than 500 patients. That means covered entities and Business Associates were required to tell federal regulators what they did to remedy the situations and what sanctions were imposed on the responsible employees. Put another way, you have data that may be used against you in an employment dispute.
- A growing number of employees are finding some success in challenging their terminations stemming from alleged HIPAA violations based on discrimination and whistleblower claims.
- Healthcare employers are dealing with more lawsuits from terminated employees based on defamation and unemployment compensation claims stemming from alleged HIPAA violations.
- Healthcare employees are demanding more rights to privacy and rights to use their own electronic devices for work.
- Healthcare employers are struggling to create justifiable policies for employee use of social media that protect patient data while preserving employee rights.
- The effects of HIPAA/HITECH Act compliance are magnified by the adoption of electronic health record systems, which are changing data flows and work practices. It is becoming easier to confuse when an organization is using PHI and when it is not using PHI.
Most HIPAA compliance officers recognize this. Their challenge is to ensure that colleagues and coworkers understand the implications of the evolving world of patient data regulation and the new electronic data infrastructure.
To assist healthcare organizations understand the ripple effects of HIPAA and the HITECH Act on their operations and increase cooperation and communication with other departments, Melamedia, LLC, publishers of Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is sponsoring a 3-part webinar series.
THE DOMINO EFFECTS OF HIPAA & HITECH ON THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE
These sessions are designed to help HIPAA compliance officers more fully understand the implications of their HIPAA/HITECH Act policies and procedures and deepen relationships with their colleagues in HR and other divisions of the organization.
Each of these 60-minute webinars will provide you and your colleagues throughout your organization with a working understanding of the non-HIPAA consequences of your HIPAA and HITECH Act policies.
Webinar 1: The Effects of HIPAA Policies & Enforcement on the Workforce
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 1 pm - 2 pm Eastern
Webinar 2: Employee Rights in HIPAA Investigations
Thursday, August 23, 2012 -1 pm - 2 pm Eastern
Webinar 3: HIPAA and the Use of Computers and Social Media
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 1 pm - 2 pm Eastern
Shannon Salimone, J.D., is a partner in the national law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, where she works as the regulatory and litigation leader of the firm's Healthcare & Life Sciences Team. She is co-chair of the ABA Health Law Section's programs executive committee and is a former Chair of its eHealth, Privacy and Security Interest Group.
Michael Prendergast, J.D., is a partner in the national law firm, Holland & Knight, where he leads the Labor and Employment Group in the firm's Jacksonville office. He is known for his practical approaches to employment issues. He has been nationally recognized as one best employment attorneys in the U.S. He is a frequent lecturer on employment issues, including ADA and FMLA issues as well as social media topics.
Jennifer Mansfield, J.D., is a partner, Holland & Knight, where she practices in the area of commercial litigation, with extensive experience in media law, and ERISA litigation. She has provided advice to clients on regulatory compliance and litigation avoidance arising from the use of social media.
Dennis Melamed is editor and publisher of Health Information Privacy/Security Alert. He also is an adjunct professor at the Drexel College of Medicine where he teaches separate courses on health data stewardship and federal regulation of biomedical research.
To order these programs,
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
All seminar participants will receive a certificate of participation
1 IAPP Credit for each webinar
To register for 1 or all 3 of these webinars visit, http://www.melamedia.com