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HIPAA Update: Release of Information

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Clinic administrators, managers, HIPAA privacy and security officers, and general office staff involved in the care of patients and handling of protected health information. While specific references are made to Washington State laws, participants are encouraged to verify the pertinent laws in their own states.

Course Description
We welcome back John Christiansen, a health information technology expert in Seattle, WA. In this 1-hour webinar John will clarify the patient’s right to access PHI, discuss the disclosure requirements for when a patient or a patient’s representative requests copies of records, what information the authorization must contain, and what charges are allowable for copying the records, and how to handle special types of PHI disclosures (i.e. substance abuse records, STD and mental health records).

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss individuals’ right to access and the disclosure of PHI based on the HITECH Act and the Omnibus Rule
  • List the access requirements of disclosure requests
  • Discuss the requirements of disclosure requests
  • List allowable fees

Faculty Information
John R. Christiansen, Christiansen IT Law
Since the early 1990s, John R. Christiansen has been practicing law related to health-information technology. After practicing in major law and consulting firms, John formed Christiansen IT Law in 2005 to provide services on a more flexible, cost-effective basis.
Christiansen IT Law’s services include privacy and security assessment, compliance and risk management, contracting and licensing of health information technology services, and related issues. Clients include health-care providers, technology and services vendors, government agencies, academic institutions, and professional firms.
John is an active participant in professional associations, including current service as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Health Law Section, and past Chair of the American Bar Association’s HITECH Megarule Task Force. He frequently speaks and publishes on health information technology and is the author of An Integrated Standard of Care for Healthcare Information Security (AHLA 2005), The HITECH Business Associate Contracts Bible (ABA 2013) and Management of Health Information in Washington State: Federal and State Regulations (WSHIMA 2015), a recently published, comprehensive reconciliation of Washington State and federal health information privacy laws.

Planning Group
Tracey L. Hugel, RNC-TNP, CHC, CHPC, CPHIMS – Director Ambulatory Care Management & Population Health, Skagit Regional Health, Mount Vernon, WA
Angie Perez – HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Officer, Family Care Network, Bellingham, WA
Cathy Reunanen, ARM, CPHRM – Senior Healthcare Risk Management Consultant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Cryss. Toycen – CME Specialist, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mesina McMurray – Content Development Project Manager, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mary Ashley Ancheta – Risk Management Education Assistant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA

CME Information
Estimated time to complete this activity: 1 hour

Physicians in Washington who complete this course will fulfill the risk management education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.

Physicians may claim Cat. 2 credit for time spent in completing this enduring on-line activity.

 At the time this course was developed, all planning and peer-review group members have certified that neither they nor their spouses/partners have, nor have had within the past year, any financial arrangements or affiliation with any commercial organization involved in the health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.
The content will not include mention of unapproved or investigational uses or products or devices.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
Physicians Insurance/Experix has implemented a process to resolve conflicts of interest for each continuing medical education activity, to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and content that is aligned with the interest of the public. Conflicts, if any, are resolved through a peer-review process.

Member and Subscriber Access
Interested in a CME program like this for your team or facility? Contact us to schedule it and talk about pricing.

Original release: January 2017
Last reviewed: May 2018
Expiration: January 2020

After You Complete the Course

Eight weeks after completing the course, you’ll receive a post-course survey. The purpose of the post-course survey is not to grade you but to grade us. Your responses will be de-identified and used both to measure practice change and to tailor future CME to the most prevalent practice gaps.

This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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