Audio conference tackles HIPAA privacy concerns

The recently released final privacy rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) makes significant changes to the existing regulations. With the April 14, 2003, compliance deadline fast approaching, are your staff receiving the proper training?

The American Hospital Association says implementing HIPAA will require "sweeping operational changes" and will take "intense education of hospital workers and patients."

To help you and your staff prepare, American Health Consultants offers HIPAA’s Final Privacy Regulations: What You Must Know to Comply, an hour-long audio conference Dec. 4, 2002, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., ET.

You’ll learn detailed information on changes to the privacy rule, as well as practical methods to implement new procedures within your facility. Also learn how to successfully manage privacy issues with business associates, and how to spot and avoid costly HIPAA violations.

Do you know what your enforcement priorities are? Do you need real-world examples? Our expert speakers, Debra Mikels and Chris Wierz, BSN, MBA, will help you understand your responsibilities and identify potential liabilities. All this will allow you to develop a HIPAA-compliance strategy with a rationale behind it.

Mikels is corporate manager of confidentiality for Partners Healthcare in Boston. The Partners system includes some of the largest and most respected facilities in the country, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. She will provide the practical information and guidance you need to implement a comprehensive privacy policy in your organization.

Wierz is vice president of HIPAA and compliance initiatives for Houston-based Healthlink Inc., a health care consulting firm. She has worked with numerous facilities across the country to prepare them for HIPAA compliance, and now she shares many of her ideas with you.

The cost of the conference is $299, which includes free CE or CME for your entire staff, program handouts and additional reading, a convenient 48-hour replay, and a conference CD. Don’t miss out. Educate your entire facility for one low price.

For more information or to register for the HIPAA audio conference, call American Health Consultants’ customer service department at (800) 688-2421.