New Audiocast Helps Physicians Manage HIPAA Security and Privacy
A new audiocast produced by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will help physician practices enhance their security policies and mitigate risk under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The audiocast, entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Achieving HIPAA Security Rule Compliance Through Effective Risk Assessment," provides practical insight about HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification rules – many of which recently changed. It is accompanied by a physician primer with a breakdown of the revised rules to help physicians update their HIPAA policies and procedures. The primer also includes answers to frequently asked encryption questions.
During the audiocast, Salvatore Volpe, MD, a physician in solo practice, and Lee Kim, director of privacy and security with HIMSS, discuss the three core compliance areas of HIPAA and how to review and update HIPAA compliance plans. They also explain how to avoid civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance.
One key change physicians must make is to maintain new agreements with business associates who handle patient data and privacy notices. Physicians are also encouraged, though not required, to encrypt their electronic, protected health information. Doing so can shield them from significant penalties if a security breach does occur.
The audiocast, which is intended for physicians and their practice staff, has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. It is available at ama-assn.org.
Other resources are available. The AMA's full HIPAA toolkit, available at ama-assn.org/go/hipaa, includes a privacy practices template and a sample business associate agreement. The free toolkit also includes the "Nuts and Bolts" audiocast, physician primer, and a resource on encrypting patient data.
Visit ama-assn.org to learn more about the AMA, and visit himss.org for additional information about HIMSS.