Managing release health information when it may involve substance use disorder treatment information requires good knowhow. This course focuses on the issues involved in doing so and how to handle it. It explains how HIPAA relates to information management and release and what processes are required for various releases of information under the HIPAA rules, including release according to individual access requests, and under consents and HIPAA authorizations.
When substance use disorder treatment information is involved, you need to know how to distinguish it from the “regular” health information, to be able to cover the relevant extra protections. If it is rarely dealt with in your organization, you may be able to use the functions in your EHR to flag the information. And the substance information you take may or may not be under SAMHSA based on whether you have a department or not, or even a response team that specializes in SAMHSA-related situations. It is important for you to understand your status under the rules prior to releasing information inappropriately. What qualifies treatment that falls under SAMHSA will be discussed in this webinar.
If your organization offers services that create information that is under the SAMHSA regulations, you will need to set up the consent and release of information processes that are required to be followed for information releases under 42 CFR Part 2. This involves getting the proper consents upon establishment of the relationship, as well as managing consents for releases that may be necessary after the initial establishment of the relationship. The session will include an explanation of the consent and release requirements that have to be followed.
When you release information under HIPAA, there are no special notices required to be placed on the records. But when you release information under SAMHSA, each document must have a notice that details that re-disclosure is not permitted without a new consent. Complicating matters are updated rules that allow a consent that permits a re-release to a defined team of providers caring for the individual, but then require meticulous documentation of to whom the information has been released under such a consent. The session will go over the rules on consents and re-release of information. Mishandling such consents can result in significant penalties.Areas Covered in the Webinar:
This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all personnel in:
Social Service Agencies, Medical offices, practice groups, hospitals, academic medical centers, insurers, business associates (shredding, data storage, systems vendors, billing services, etc). The titles are
Principal and Director of Compliance Services, Lewis Creek Systems, LLC
Jim Sheldon-Dean is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, a Vermont-based consulting firm founded in 1982, providing information privacy and security regulatory compliance services to a wide variety of health care entities. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA, including speaking engagements at numerous regional and national healthcare association conferences and conventions and the annual NIST/OCR HIPAA Security Conference. Sheldon-Dean has more than 19 years of experience specializing in HIPAA compliance, more than 37 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation, business process analysis, information systems and software development, and eight years of experience doing hands-on medical work as a Vermont certified volunteer emergency medical technician. Sheldon-Dean received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Vermont and his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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