DHHS Privacy Conferences

Updated Information on DHHS Privacy Conferences

Posted 1/27/2003

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be convening four National Conferences on the HIPAA Privacy Rule. These one-day conferences will be held in San Diego, Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. The conferences are designed to provide an unprecedented opportunity to hear from and interact with officials who developed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and will be responsible for interpreting and enforcing the rule. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will provide an expert faculty who will answer questions from attendees during question and answer sessions following their presentations.

What you will learn:
* The principles underlying the Privacy Rule.
* How the Privacy Rule creates a national floor of privacy protections
* Who is a covered health care provider
* The implications of being an affiliated covered entity, a hybrid, or in an organized health care arrangement
* “Business associate” issues
* What type of information is protected under the HIPAA Privacy Rule and what is meant by the terms “use”, “disclosure”, “minimum necessary”, and “incidental disclosures”
* The Notice of Privacy Practices requirement
* When it is necessary to obtain an authorization to use or disclose PHI
* The right of patient to access, amend, and obtain an accounting of disclosures of patient health information
* When to use an authorization for research and when research may be conducted without an authorization
* How research authorizations pre-dating the compliance date are treated
* Appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards
* The requirements to train the workforce on covered entity policies and procedures
* The OCR compliant investigation and compliance review authority REGISTRATION:
Information on registration, including registration fees, for the individual conferences can be found below. Please be advised that seating is limited and early registration is advisable. If you need reasonable accommodations because of a disability, such as conference materials in alternative formats, sign language interpreters, etc., send a message to ADA-HIPAA@hhs.gov at least 10 – 15 days before the conference.

San Diego, California – Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Co-sponsored with the University of California
To register online, please click on the link below:

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Or for registration questions, contact Jill Collier at 858-822-4770 or e-mail at jcollier@ucsd.edu

Atlanta, Georgia – Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Co-sponsored with Emory Healthcare at Emory University and The Morehouse School of Medicine
To register online, please click on the link below:
Or for registration questions, contact 404-523-1996 ext 102, or e-mail jbsurre@emory.edu

Brooklyn, NY – Saturday, March 1, 2003
Co-sponsored with SUNY Downstate Medical Center
To register online, please click on the link below:
Or for registration questions, contact 718-270-2422, or e-mail ocme@downstate.edu

Chicago, Illinois – Sunday, March 2, 2003
Co-sponsored with WEDI and Finch University of Health Sciences-The Chicago Medical School
To register online, please click on the link below:
Or for registration questions, contact Lisa Berretta at 703-391-2743, or e-mail lberretta@wedi.org