Navigating the Latest Patient Communication HIPAA Rules During PHE

Live Webinar

  • 60 minutes

Previously stringent enforcement rules surrounding HIPAA compliant communication platforms have changed during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance that patient care comes first and privacy must be maintained within reason. Understanding the rules regarding public-facing and non-public-facing platforms can be challenging. Today’s webinar will cover how to navigate these new rules, platforms that are considered compliant, platforms that are not in compliance with the new rules, and post-pandemic considerations.Additionally, it will help healthcare professionals understand how to best provide services during the emergency and meet HIPAA requirements at the same time.

Join this session with expert speaker Toni Elhoms, where she will discuss about latest patient communication rules by HIPAA and its importance in PHE, also about how to navigate through these rules and implement then on ground basis. This webinar will also cover Role of Business Associates relationship and different options of communication technologies.

Session Highlights:

This webinar will cover the following topics.

  • Review the HIPAA patient communication rules prior to COVID-19 pandemic

  • Explain the new enforcement relaxation guidelines for certain HIPAA rules impacted by the Public Health Emergency (PHE)

  • Discuss the types of available telemedicine and teleconferencing technology

  • Dissect public-facing and non-public-facing teleconferencing platforms

  • Discuss the role of a Business Associates relationship

  • Review rules regarding permitted communications with patient family and friends

  • Discuss post-pandemic considerations for patient communication and privacy

Why You Should Attend:

Social distancing to assist prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is effective, but patient care has typically required a face-to-face encounter, which might cause the spread of the virus as infected individuals trip and from appointments. It's essential to be able to provide telemedicine services to succeed in the foremost individuals without risking more harm.

HIPAA regulations put controls on the suitable technologies to use for communications, and might require that a Business Associate relationship be established when using any services that involve any persistence of custody of Protected Health Information. Violations of HIPAA rules can cause penalties within the scores of dollars. HHS has also issued guidance to remind healthcare providers of the allowances for communications with family and friends, with disaster relief organizations, and to forestall a heavy and imminent threat to the health or safety of people or the general public.

Who Should Attend:

  • Professional Fee Educators

  • Consultants

  • Revenue Cycle Management Professionals

  • Coding Management and Operational Leadership

  • Medical Providers of all specialties

  • Physician Advisers

  • Compliance Officers/Committees

  • HIPAA Privacy Officers

  • In-House Counsel

  • Medical Records Department

You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

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Toni Elhoms

Toni Elhoms

Toni Elhoms, CCS, CRC, CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD10-CM/PCS Trainer is a nationally known speaker and recognized subject matter expert on medical coding, reimbursement, and revenue cycle management. She is the Founder and CEO of Alpha Coding Experts, LLC. She holds multiple credentials with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

With over a decade of industry experience, she has led and supported hospital systems, universities, physician practices, payers, government agencies, and other entities on coding, billing, and compliance initiatives. She is a frequent contributor to various media outlets, speaker, and regular guest on industry podcasts. She created the Alpha Coding Podcast series to share her industry Pro-Tips. She also leads and mentors a network of revenue cycle management professionals across the country and serves as the President of the Orlando, FL AAPC Chapter.

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