2019-11-13 Confidentiality: Protecting & Releasing Health Information in CA - Garden Grove

Nov 13, 2019 09:00am -
Nov 13, 2019 03:30pm

Event Description

Registration Fees, Form & Details

Program Details

This seminar is designed to inform and update health information management (HIM) professionals and others about the legal rules governing the protection and disclosure of health information in California. Health providers in California are subject to broad and complex standards ranging from the HIPAA privacy rules and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, to special laws governing psychiatric, substance use disorder, and HIV information. This seminar will assist attendees in identifying and understanding the various rules and appreciating how they work together.

The focus will be on the situations in which providers are called upon to disclose health information – including releases pursuant to court orders, subpoenas, reporting requirements, patient treatment regimens, and billing and payment activities – and will provide guidance about how HIM professionals should respond in each particular case. It will examine the so-called “patient rights” provisions in the HIPAA privacy rules and their California equivalents involving such matters as access by patients to their own medical records and patient requests for an accounting of disclosures. Additionally, it will discuss the specialized health information laws, including the California Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, the federal substance use disorder confidentiality regulations, and the California rules governing the disclosure of HIV test results. It also will cover the mandated reporting of health information security breaches.  It will end by exploring new challenges faced by HIM professionals such as texting, social media, enforcement trends, and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

The goal is to give HIM professionals a framework for dealing with issues concerning the maintenance, retention, and release of patient information.

Topics include the following:

Introducing the Legal Standards

HIPAA privacy rules, including HITECH Act and HIPAA Omnibus Rules

California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA)

California Lanterman-Petris-Short Act

Federal substance use disorder confidentiality regulations

California laws governing HIV test results

Other sources of legal requirements

 Releasing Protected Health Information

Obtaining an authorization

Releasing information without an authorization

Releases under subpoenas or other legal process

Releases for reporting purposes

Releases to governmental oversight bodies

Releases to other providers and to payers

Releases to employers

Releases in workers’ compensation proceedings

Releases for research purposes

Releases to consultants and contractors (business associates)

Patient Rights Requirements

Right of patient to receive notice of privacy practices

Right of patient to access records

Right of patient to amend records

Right of patient to obtain accounting of disclosures

Right of patient to request restriction of disclosures

Releasing Specially Protected Health Information

Psychiatric information

Psychotherapy notes

Substance use disorder information

HIV test results


Other Issues


OCR Guidance on Patient Right of Access

HIPAA enforcement mechanisms – What are they and what should HIMs expect?

Business associates – Who are they? What about photo copy companies?

Compensation for producing electronic records

Dealing with law enforcement agencies

Scanned health information – Which is the original record?

Electronic signatures

Use of cell phones between health care professionals

E-mailing or texting health information

Health information and social media

Special issues for long-term care providers

Relationship of new consumer privacy laws to HIPAA and CMIA


Program Schedule

7:30 am Registration/Beverages and Pastries

9:00 am Program

12:00 pm Lunch (included)

1:00 pm Program

3:30 pm Adjournment


Who Should Attend
ALL Health Information Management (HIM) personnel, nurses, physicians, Business Office staff, HIPAA Compliance and Privacy Officers. All health care personnel who have responsibility for maintaining or disclosing protected health information (PHI) and/or have access to PHI in any hospital, SNF, physicians’ office or other health care setting.


Continuing Education
This program has been approved for 5 continuing education unit (CEU) for use in fulfilling the continuation education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
HIIM Domain: Privacy and Security 

Event Type:Seminar
Category:Educational Seminar
Early registration ends on Oct 24, 2019.
Regular registration starts on Oct 25, 2019 and ends on Nov 06, 2019.
Late registration starts on Nov 07, 2019.
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