MANASQUAN, NJ - The compliance date for the HIPAA privacy standards is still April 14, 2003, according to federal officials. There has been confusion on the issue because Congress has provided for a one-year extension to give covered entities more time to build, test, and successfully implement the new Final Electronic Transactions and Code Sets required by HIPAA.
This means that covered entities must continue to make progress on compliance with privacy requirements, including a key element, education and training of all staff who come in contact with protected health information.
The requirement for standard training is covered under section § 164.530, of the HIPAA Administrative requirements. A covered entity must train all members of its workforce on the policies and procedures with respect to protected health information. And, the training must be ongoing.
To assist health and managed care organizations with HIPAA awareness, education and training programs to insure compliance, a special program "Developing HIPAA Awareness and Training Programs For Your Staff," an audio conference, is scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. eastern time.
The regulations clearly spell out who should be trained including any member of an organization who has the ability to access protected health information, an individual who is under the control of others who work for a covered entity or on behalf of a covered entity, and any person that the organization allows to function in a manner that could result in compliance risk.
This means that a typical healthcare providers' workforce, including volunteers and other individuals who are not employed by the organization, including board members, must receive training and ongoing re-training.
Expert speakers Randa Upham, director of educational services for the Global Healthcare Division of Covansy and Kathleen LePar, senior consultant with Beacon Partners, will describe in detail what an organization must be doing to meet the HIPAA education and training requirements including goals, timeframes, audiences, levels of training, training methods, and the financial commitment required.
Each organization must design a HIPAA education plan that incorporates mandated training and documents such training on a regular basis.
Registration for "Developing HIPAA Awareness and Training Programs for
Your Staff," covers an entire site, so you can have as many staff participate as you want.
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