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.
Sheldon-Dean serves on the HIMSS Information Systems Security Workgroup, has co-chaired the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Privacy and Security Workgroup, and is a recipient of the WEDI 2011 Award of Merit. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA and information privacy and security compliance issues at seminars and conferences, including speaking engagements at numerous regional and national healthcare association conferences and conventions and the annual NIST/OCR HIPAA Security Conference in Washington, D.C.
Sheldon-Dean has more than 30 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation, business process analysis, information systems and software development. His experience includes leading the development of health care related Web sites; award-winning, best-selling commercial utility software; and mission-critical, fault-tolerant communications satellite control systems. In addition, he has 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.
This session will focus on the rights of individuals to communicate in the manner they desire, and how a medical office can decide what is an acceptable process for communications with individuals. The session will explain how to discuss communications options with individuals so that you can best meet their needs and desires, while preserving their rights under the rules.
One of the toughest situations that healthcare professionals can face is whether or not to share information about an individual with the individual's family and friends involved with the individual's care. These situations arise when family and friends need to know more about an individual than may usually be available, to help with care, to help with payment for services, and to help calm the fears and properly inform those who are involved with the individual.
Many organizations that provide health care services also provide other services that are not related to heath care and are that not paid for by health plans or Medicaid. For such organizations a decision must be made: Do we apply HIPAA controls and policies throughout the organization for all programs, or do we decide what parts of our organization are under HIPAA and what parts are not, and designate Hybrid Entity status under HIPAA? There are significant impacts in making the choice to be a Hybrid Entity or not, and entities need to consider their own particular circumstances to determine the most appropriate path to take.
Now that the HIPAA rules have been in place for more than a dozen years, the days of advice and counseling have been replaced by a hard-nosed enforcement attitude, where HHS OCR is ready to make health care organizations that violate the rules feel some pain for their actions, and employer-based health plans are no exception. In order to determine their HIPAA compliance obligations, employers need to go through an analysis of their health insurance offereings for their employees. Employers need to examine, is the plan insured or self insured, is it one plan or several, do they rely on an insurer for all the functions or do they use a third party administrator, and much more. Much of the determination of how to comply depends on how involved the employer is with the operation of the plan and the kinds of information the employer receives about the health plan.
Learn how having good policies and procedures and good documentation can make compliance easier.
This teleconference will enable health information professionals to know how to respond to requests to revise closed records, to know what is required for individual rights under HIPAA, and to know what belongs in any organization’s procedures for revising medical records.
The session will discuss the requirements, the risks, and the issues of the increasing use of mobile devices for patient communications and provide a road map for how to use them safely and effectively, to increase the quality of health care and patient satisfaction.
We will discuss the kinds of threats that exist for PHI and how they're changing as the hackers gain experience and abilities, and why you need to prepare for next-generation attacks now.