OCR Releases HIPAA Privacy and Security Education Tools

On April 30, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced the availability of new tools to educate health care providers and consumers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy and Security Rules. Specifically for health care providers, three HIPAA education modules (offering free CME credits) have been made available with a free account through Medscape. These include:

• Patient Privacy: A Guide for Providers

• HIPAA and You: Building a Culture of Compliance
• Examining Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule

The OCR has also produced a video, entitled “HIPAA Security Rule”, designed for providers in small practices. Additional videos and materials related to consumer education about HIPAA are available through the OCR’s YouTube site and the OCR Consumer Guidance website.

For more information about these releases, or for questions related to HIPAA or other regulatory concerns, please contact Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., Clinton Mikel, Esq., or Briar Siljander, Esq., at (248) 996-8510 (via email at adresevic@thehlp.com, cmikel@thehlp.com, or bsiljander@thehlp.com).