Sharing Student Health Information Under the New FERPA Final Rules

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Melamedia Audio Seminar Explains Complex Federal Rules and Guidance to Create New Environment for Sharing Student Health Information Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 - 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Healthcare entities and educational institutions face complex new rules in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education's final regulations governing student educational and health records.

The U.S. Department of Education issued a final regulation under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in December in attempt to clarify and encourage more sharing of student information to avoid tragedies like the Virginia Tech tragedy.

However, the regulation and joint guidance from the Education Department and HHS's Office for Civil Rights explaining how FERPA and HIPAA interact still reveal an incredibly complex regulatory structure that will leave healthcare organizations and educational institutions with many questions.

To assist healthcare entities, educational institutions and HIPAA covered entities and other healthcare organizations involved in student health issues, Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is sponsoring a 90-minute audio seminar.

Sharing Student Health Information Under the New FERPA Final Rules

This 90-minute seminar will analyze the final regulation to help health and education organizations and state and local governments comply with the new rules and effectively share student health information.

The 90-minute seminar will brief participants on:

  • The specific effects the final will have on using, disclosing and redisclosing student health information
  • Policies and procedures that you will need or want to consider amending.
  • Clarifications that will enable the sharing of student health data under FERPA while complying with HIPAA.
  • How the final rules affect non-educational healthcare organizations' ability to share health information with educational organizations and educators.
  • How the final rules may interact with state and federal laws governing specific issues, such as mental health, substance abuse and reproductive and abortion records.
  • The implications for extending FERPA protection to students engaged in distance learning programs.
  • The effects of sharing more student health information with parents.
  • Sharing information with law enforcement.


  • Healthcare Administrators and Providers in Educational Institutions
  • Public and Private Education Officials
  • College Administrators
  • K-12 School Administrators
  • HIPAA Privacy Officers
  • HIPAA Security Officers
  • Student Clinic Managers
  • Health Insurers
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Health Information Management Professionals
  • Public Health Officials
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Health IT Professionals
  • Healthcare Attorneyss
  • Education Attorneys
  • Healthcare Consultants
  • Education Consultants


Gerald "Jud" DeLoss, JD, is vice chair of the American Health Lawyers Association's Health Information & Technology Practice Group and a principal at Gray Plant Mooty, where his practice focuses on representing medical providers in Health Information Technology (HIT), HIPAA, medical staff credentialing, fraud and abuse, transactions, and regulatory compliance.

Carl Lehmann, JD, is a member of Gray Plant Mooty's Employment Law practice group and is co-chair of the firm's Higher Education practice team.

Dennis Melamed, moderator, editor and publisher of Health Information Privacy/Security Alert, has 30 years of experience writing about business and regulatory affairs in Washington, DC. Dennis is an adjunct professor at the Drexel College of Medicine.


  • All seminar participants will receive a certificate of participation
  • The seminar qualifies for 1.5 CEs from the International Association of Privacy Professionals

An audio seminar is a live event with a Q&A period and access for an unlimited number of participants for each call-in line. Each site is provided with all presentation and background materials and a toll-free number to participate.


For more information and to register, visit

Health Information Privacy/Security Alert offers updates on HHS's efforts to enforce the HIPAA privacy and security regulations at no cost. The statistics include privacy complaints lodged with the Office for Civil Rights and security and transaction complaints lodged with CMS Office for Electronic Health Standards and Services.

For more information, visit

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