The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by Health and Human Services (HHS). WEDI’s mission is to improve the use of health information technology and reduce healthcare system costs. The organization and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) are hosting a series of free webinars this summer to help the healthcare industry adopt the HIPAA Omnibus and HITECH Final Rule.
The 90-minute WEDI/OCR virtual events explore compliance with various aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, as well as the HITECH Breach Notification Rule. The webinars are specifically designed for small health care providers, with a focus on practical strategies, tips and techniques for implementing the HIPAA Omnibus Rules within a smaller clinical practice. Presentations will cover a variety of current topics including:
- Individual Rights
- Uses and Disclosures for Fundraising and Marketing
- Prohibited Disclosures
- Breach Notification
- Updates from the OCR Audit Program
- Business Associate Liability
The next virtual session is scheduled for July 26, 2013 from 1:00pm – 2:30PM ET.
Please note: Because of the popularity of this program, space is limited. Registration does not guarantee participation in this virtual event. A recording will be posted within 48 hours of the conclusion of the virtual event and instructions for downloading will be emailed to all registrants
About HIPAA Omnibus Rule
The final HIPAA Omnibus rule enhances a patient’s privacy protections, provides individuals new rights to their personal health information, and strengthens the government’s ability to enforce the law. When the rule was passed in January of this year, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said “The new rule will help protect patient privacy and safeguard patients’ health information in an ever expanding digital age.”
The HIPAA Omnibus final rule implements, among other things, a number of provisions from the HITECH Act. In reality, the omnibus is really four rules in one. Read the full rule in the Federal Register: