Industry Update on the NPRM HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to strengthen federal privacy protections for reproductive health records. In this Industry Update, the presenters will review the disclosures permitted under the current HIPAA Privacy Rule and detail the changes proposed in the NPRM. The presenters will discuss the proposed prohibition on disclosing reproductive health records for investigations or prosecutions targeting health care providers or patients and the proposed requirement that covered entities receive an attestation from anyone requesting reproductive health records that states that the records will not be used or disclosed for any such investigation or prosecution. The presenters will also review the proposed updates to the notice of privacy practices.
- HIPAA Privacy Officers
- Compliance Officers and Risk Managers
- Medical Records Staff
- Clinical Staff, including Primary Care and Behavioral Health Managers
- Operations Staff
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Identify how patient records can be disclosed to law enforcement under the current HIPAA Privacy Rule
- Analyze how the NPRM would impact the disclosure of reproductive health records to law enforcement
- Develop a work plan to ensure compliance with the disclosure prohibitions and attestation requirements for reproductive health records once the final rule is released
Dianne Pledgie serves as Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture. Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2. She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. Dianne is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars and is not licensed in Washington, DC. Her practice is limited to federal health care matters. [Full Bio]
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