NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION
Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon
“Tutoring On OCR’s Latest HIPAA Homework”
Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, J.D.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council Offices
250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706
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The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to prepare to meet upcoming HIPAA tests by coming for “Tutoring On OCR’s Latest HIPAA Homework” from attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at our next NTHCPA Study Group Luncheon on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
About the Program
A series of supplemental guidance issued by the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in recent weeks is giving health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses (Covered Entities) and their business associates even more to do in reviewing and updating their policies, practices and training for handing protected health information (PHI) beyond bringing their policies and practices into line with OCR’s restatement and update to the Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules; Final Rule (Omnibus Final Rule) OCR published January 25, 2013.
Covered Entities generally have been required to comply with most requirements the Omnibus Final Rule’s restated regulations restating OCR’s regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules to reflect HIPAA amendments enacted by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act since the Omnibus Final Rule took effect on March 26, 2013 and to have updated business associate agreements in place since September 23, 2013. Meanwhile, the Omnibus Final Rule generally has required business associates have updated business associate agreements in place and otherwise to have come into compliance with all of the applicable requirements of the Omnibus Final Rule since September 23, 2013. Although these deadlines are long past, many Covered Entities and business associates have yet to complete the policy, process and training updates required to comply with the modifications implemented in the Omnibus Final Rule.
In addition to the Omnibus Final Rule, however, Covered Entities and Business Associates also have more homework to do to comply with a series of supplemental guidance issued by OCR since it published the Omnibus Final Rule including:
- HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health
- CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy Rule; Patients’ Access to Test Reports
- Proposed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
- HIPAA Privacy Rule: Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness – A Decision Tool
- The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Refill Reminders and Other Communications about a Drug or Biologic Currently Being Prescribed for the Individual
- Health Information of Deceased Individuals
- Student Immunizations; and
- Model Notices of Privacy Practices (English) and Spanish Language Model Notices of Privacy Practices.
With OCR stepping up both audits and enforcement and penalties for violations higher than ever since the HITECH Act amended HIPAA, Covered Entities and business associates should act quickly to review and update their policies, practices and training to implement any adjustments needed to maintain compliance and manage other risks under these ever-evolving HIPAA standards.
Scribe for the ABA JCEB Annual Agency Meeting With OCR and a widely published author and popular speaker on HIPAA and other health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer will brief participants on these and other HIPAA developments and lead a discussion of practical challenges and options for managing these and other HIPAA compliance and risk management challenges.
Registration & Meeting Details
The meeting scheduled from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the offices of the Dallas Ft Worth Hospital Council, 250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706 will feature a complimentary snacks and drinks for those who timely R.S.V.P. Our program will begin at Noon. There is no charge to participate in the meeting. However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on March 17, 2014. Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.
About The Speaker, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, Esq.
Preparing to lead for the fourth year the ABA JCEB annual agency meeting with the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights, attorney, author and health industry leader Cynthia Marcotte Stamer has advised health care providers, health plans, health and other technology, and other clients about privacy and data security, investigations and enforcement, and other compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management concerns for more than 25 years.
As a key focus of her work,” Cindy” helps clients design, administer and defend HIPAA, FACTA, data breach, identity theft and other risk management, compliance and other privacy, data security, confidential information and other data security, technology and management policies and practices affecting their operations. She also helps clients prevent, investigate and mitigate HIPAA PHI and other data breach hacking, identity theft, data breach, theft of trade secrets, spoofing, industrial espionage, insider and other parties misuse of data or technology and other cybercrime and technology use concerns. A primary author of the Bolivian Social Security privatization law, she also advises and represents these and other private and public organizations, governments and others on legislative and regulatory concerns.
Cindy also is widely recognized for her regulatory and public policy advocacy, publications, and public speaking on privacy and other compliance, risk management concerns. Among others, she is the author of “Privacy & Securities Standards-A Brief Nutshell,” “Privacy Invasions of Medical Care-An Emerging Perspective,” the E-Health Business and Transactional Law Chapter on Other Liability-Tort and Regulatory;” “Cybercrime and Identity Theft: Health Information Security Beyond HIPAA;” “Personal Identity Management Legal Demands and Technology Solutions;” “Tailoring A Records Management Plan And Process To Meet Your Legal And Operational Needs;” “Brokers & Insurers Identity Theft and Privacy Perils;” “HR’s Role In Personal Identity Theft & Cyber Crime Prevention;” “Protecting & Using Patient Data In Disease Management Opportunities, Liabilities And Prescriptions;” “Why Your Business Needs A Cybercrime Prevention and Compliance Program;” “Leveraging Your Enterprise Digital Identity Management Investments and Breaking though the Identity Management Buzz;” “When Your Employee’s Private Life Becomes Your Business;” and hundreds of other works. Her insights on privacy, data security, and other matters have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Spencer Publications, and a host of other publications. She speaks and has conducted privacy training for the Association of State & Territorial Health Plans (ASTHO), the Los Angeles Health Department, the American Bar Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, a multitude of health industry, health plan, insurance and financial services, education, employer employee benefit and other clients, trade and professional associations and others.
Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law, Recognized in the International Who’s Who of Professionals; Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association; founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Health Policy and Project COPE: The Coalition on Patient Empowerment; Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section, Past Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas Board, and a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Council, the American Bar Association (ABA) and State Bar of Texas, Cindy serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Insurance Thought Leadership, Employee Benefit News, HR.com, on the leadership of the ABA JCEB Council and several ABA Sections, and in many other professional and civic organizations and educational faculties. For more information about Cindy as your Solutions Lawyer, to conduct training for your organization, or for other information, you may call her at 469.767.8872 or see www.Cynthiastamer.com.
About the NTHCPA
NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles. The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.
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