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HIPAA Compliance Training: Audio-Conference Tackles Tough Questions on Compliance

Manasquan, N.J. -- “HIPAA Compliance: Working Through The Priorities,” a special Audio Conference sponsored by the Managed Care Information Center’s e-Healthcare Market Reporter has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at 1:30 PM Eastern time.

HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is seen as the single most pressing challenge facing healthcare providers, payors, employer health plans and their vendors this year. Results of industry surveys, including this year’s annual HIMSS Leadership Survey reinforces HIPAA is drawing most executives’ attention and concern.

Expert speakers for the audio conference program include Richard Marks, a member of the HIPAA Task Force in the Washington, D.C., office of Davis Wright Tremaine; Sybil Ingram-Muhammad, engagement manager of Enterprise Security and HIPAA Compliance with Beacon Partners; and Michael Safran, healthcare management consultant with Milliman and Robertson.

All healthcare-related organizations are attempting to implement the various aspects of the law. Affected organizations include hospitals, health insurance plans including managed care organizations, employer health plans, pharmaceutical companies, third party administrators, physician practices, management services organizations, practice management companies, “walk-in” emergency clinics, free-standing imaging centers and other physician-related diagnostic and treatment centers, and payment clearinghouses.

Recent studies have found that provider organizations are seriously behind payors in achieving compliance with the law's provisions.

The No. 1 priority for healthcare providers during the next two years is upgrading security on their IT systems to meet HIPAA requirements, according to the HIMSS Leadership survey. The majority of those surveyed by the Gartner Group reported that they have not even developed preliminary overall budgets for achieving compliance.

Among those organizations that have started work, they expect to average almost $9 million in HIPAA-related expenditures.

Although payors and the largest healthcare systems are well under way on addressing the HIPAA requirements, many organizations are “behind the curve,” said Robert K. Jenkins, MCIC CEO, who will moderate the program.

There is an alarming disconnected range of knowledge on HIPAA requirements, Jenkins said. The questions being posted on HIPAA discussion lists ranges from the very basic to real nuts-and-bolts, work-a-day issues confronted by those who are working full-time on implementing the requirements.

The 90-minute “HIPAA Compliance: Working Through the Priorities” is designed to make it easy for an organization to gather key executives in a conference room to participate in this call on a speaker phone, Jenkins said.

The presentations will focus on what organizations should be doing now. The goal of the special presentation is to provide real-world, practical solutions and answers to professionals attempting to cope with implementing and complying with the law’s provisions.

Among the topics to be covered during the conference call are implementing the provisions of the privacy regulations, the “most sticky” challenge; adapting a culture change within your organization; what your organization should be doing about HIPAA right now; taking the basic steps to thinking about how your organization will become HIPAA-compliant; and policy elections for your organization.

Also, how to begin initial security analysis; building a comprehensive assessment of your organization’s current security practices, procedures and IS/IT technologies; developing your corporate security strategy; and developing your training plan for your organization’s staff.

The conference will also deal with including appropriate HIPAA provisions in vendor negotiations for information systems and telecommunications systems.

A live Question-and-Answer Session will follow the formal presentations.

The registration fee covers an entire site, so organizations may include as many staff as necessary.

Full information and registration details are available at:

http://wwws.monmouth.com/themcic/hipaaconf.htm


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