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Mandatory HIPAA Training

An overview of the policies and procedures developed and implemented by

Your Organization to address the

HIPAA Privacy Rule

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What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule?

  • Enacted in Aug.1996 to assure privacy and security of health information

  • Mandatory for all health care providers, health plans and health clearinghouses

  • Clearly identifies the rights of the “patient” regarding their protected health information (PHI)

  • Forces providers to take measures to handle PHI in a secure manner

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Plan for this training session

  • Look at the “Notice of Privacy Practices” and the rights it affords each “patient”

  • Learn about the policies and procedures that have been developed

  • Explain the revised procedures you will be following

  • Demonstrate that you understand

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Notice of Privacy Practices a “Patient” has the RIGHT to:

  • Request restriction on use or disclosure of PHI

  • Request to receive information by an alternate means or location

  • Access their PHI

  • Request amendments to their PHI

  • Receive and accounting of disclosures of PHI

  • Receive a copy of the “Notice of Privacy Practices”

  • File complaints regarding improper use or disclosure of PHI

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Understanding the lingo

  • HIPAA – The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

  • PHI – Protected Health Information

  • TPO – Treatment, Payment, Operation

  • Consent – given by “patient” to use PHI for TPO

  • Authorization – given by “patient” to use/disclose PHI for any other reason

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More lingo

  • Minimum necessary – disclosure of no more PHI than necessary for any given situation

  • Privacy Officer-person identified by organization to assure that all HIPAA policies and procedures are followed , rules on requests made by a “patient”, addresses any complaints filed (Gary Carone is our Privacy officer- Vivienne Manwaring is our Privacy consultant)

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HIPAA Policy Manual

  • Manual of actual policies available in hard copy at each location and also on the computer

  • Arranged into 8 sections for easy use

  • Should be consulted if there is any question of how to handle a situation concerning PHI

  • Policies contain attachments of corresponding forms

  • Everyone is responsible to be knowledgeable about these policies

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Section I – Consumer/client Rights

  • 13 policies beginning with “Consumer/client Privacy Rights”

  • Provide procedures to handle requests made or complaints files by service partners

  • Provide attachments of the various forms used to exercise rights and file complaints

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Section II –Use and Disclosure by PsychSystems

  • 4 policies beginning with the “General Policy on Use and Disclosure of PHI”

  • Addresses Minimum Necessary requirement

  • Accounting of Disclosures

  • Psychotherapy notes CAN NOT be disclosed to a consumer/client

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Section III – Business Associates

  • Only one policy

  • Deals with any outside organization, agency or company that provides any treatment or non-treatment service for your organization that has access to PHI

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Section IV – Storage, Disposal, Safeguards and Protection of PHI

  • 11 policies that focus on day to day use of PHI

  • Procedures that will be uses on a day to day basis by all employees

  • Several procedures that might be new

  • Practices to tighten up how records are stored when not in use

  • How PHI is copied and the use of the copy machine

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  • How to dispose of PHI – including personal notes, extra copies, old records etc.

  • De-identification of all material that is discarded

  • How to send a fax

  • How to handle PHI when away from the office

  • Verification of persons/agencies requesting PHI

  • What PHI a staff has access to

  • Completing and maintaining forms containing signatures

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Section V – Information Systems

  • Contains 3 policies

  • Deal with computer passwords, data classification for access, modification and deletion and development of Role Based Access for information

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Section VI – Handling Violations

  • 3 policies

  • Strict enforcement, sanctions and penalties for violations of privacy, up to and including dismissal

  • Everyone will sign a “statement of Understanding Privacy Policies”

  • Agency will do whatever possible to mitigate harmful effects of violations

  • There will be no retaliation for reporting violations

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Section VII- Organizational Uses of PHI

  • 3 policies

  • Defines that PHI cannot be used for marketing or fundraising

  • Identifies what PHI can be used in facility directories

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Section VIII-Uses and Disclosures of PHI Outside Your Organization

  • 5 policies

  • There are some governmental, judicial, public health and safety and Health and Human Service needs for PHI that do not require authorization

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The test- please, print (slide 18 ONLY), complete and submit to PsychSystems

  • Name ___________________________ID # ______________ Date: _______________

  • Concerning the handling of individual records. Check all that apply:

  • ___ A) Records cannot be taken from the office for any reason

  • ___ B) Records are considered to be safe as long as they are some place within our agency offices)

  • ___ C) File cabinets need only be locked at night

  • ___ D) PHI should never be discussed in a public area of the building

  • True or False

  • ___ It is acceptable to make as many copies of documents containing PHI as I want

  • ___ Extra copies containing PHI must be de-identified or shredded

  • ___ I may not leave the copy machine unattended when making copies that contain PHI

  • ___ Our HIPAA policies are available ion the web site

  • ___ By completing this training I know ALL I need to know to assure that HIPAA policies are

  • followed.

  • There is a Privacy Officer for each agency location.

  • Who is the primary Privacy Officer for our agency?________________________________

  • True or False

  • ___ I am responsible to report any situations I believe to be a violation of HIPPA or agency

  • policies.

  • ___ It is possible to be dismissed from my job if I violate the Privacy Policies

  • ___ Consumers/clients can only file a complaint of a violation of their privacy with our agency.

  • ___ Our agency cannot take retaliation against anyone who reports a privacy violation.

  • Check all that apply

  • If a consumer/client makes a request to exercise one of his/her Privacy Rights, I will:

  • ___ Immediately grant his/her verbal request

  • ___ Provide him/her with the appropriate form on which to make the request

  • ___ Give the form to my supervisor

  • ___ Place the original request form in the record when the action is complete

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