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A Summit on Healthcare Privacy and Data Security: HIPAA and Beyond
Healthcare privacy and data security has become one of the major policy, technology and operations issues in American healthcare. Health plans and insurers were mandated to comply with Gramm-Leach- Bliley by July 1, 2001. The recently-passed Administrative Simplification Compliance Act, HR 3323, permits covered entities to apply for a one-year extension of the HIPAA transactions and code sets compliance date of October 16, 2002. The primary condition is the submission of a compliance plan by October 2002. This plan, among other things, requires entities to be ready to test transactions by April of 2003. The Act does not change the April 14, 2003 effective date of the privacy regulations. Pending HIPAA regulations on security and electronic signature standards may be issued soon. HIPAA does not preempt more restrictive state law. Thus, in effect, there are 50 state schemes in healthcare privacy and security, subject to certain federal minimum standards. This complex mix of federal and state law and regulation creates a maze through which healthcare organizations must navigate. Compliance will be not only complex, but also extremely costly as healthcare moves to electronic data interchange and the Internet.
The HIPAA Summit conference series provides a road map to understanding the complex requirements of federal and state law and illuminates strategies for compliance. Through an expert faculty of over 100 and over 45 concurrent sessions, the Fourth National HIPAA Summit will go well beyond the simple recitation of the federal HIPAA law and regulations. Of course, the Summit will provide the most up-to- date and sophisticated information on the status and construction of the HIPAA regulations through the presentations of the leading HIPAA regulators from the Department of Health and Human Services. Further, the Summit will provide specific and in-depth analysis of the healthcare privacy and security laws of a number of major states. The Fourth National HIPAA Summit will focus on practical case studies from the field, featuring presentations by leading privacy, security and compliance officers from around the country. Finally, the Summit will address the complex financial, operational and technical issues that must be addressed not only to comply with the technical requirements of the law, but also to integrate new technologies in order to enhance the efficiency, quality and accessibility of healthcare services.
Who Should Attend
The planning and implementation of HIPAA requires a joint effort of healthcare executives throughout your organization. Therefore, team attendance is encouraged. Specifically, the Summit will benefit healthcare leadership teams from hospitals, healthcare systems, health plans, TPAs, insurance companies, physician groups, government agencies, consulting firms, solution developers and others, including the following individuals:
HIPAA Summit Course Objectives
On Thursday, April 25, the Fourth National HIPAA Summit features a unique full-day plenary session town meeting on regulating healthcare privacy and data security. Leading federal and state regulators will be available for extensive interaction through comments, questions and answers. Representatives of DHHS, FTC, DOJ, NCVHS and state government will be available for questions, comments and discussion.
Advanced Email Questioning Available: In order to facilitate the most effective and sophisticated level of interaction, advanced questions and comments may be submitted by registrants via email to questions@HIPAASummit.com. Anyone interested in presenting comments, questions, concerns, hypothetical case studies, problems and/or solutions may forward them to the Summit staff at questions@HIPAASummit.com. The staff will then distribute them in advance to participating federal and state officials and other faculty members for their consideration in preparing their Summit presentations.
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