The 2011 annual convention of the American Health Information Management Association, Oct. 1-6 in Salt Lake City, features a series of in-depth post conference educational sessions on the 6th, including an eight-hour HIPAA Privacy and Security Boot Camp.

The camp is designed for health information management directors, other professionals with little or no privacy experience who is taking on a new role as a privacy officer or would like to, and existing privacy officers who want a better understanding of regulations and issues.

"I'm not going to assume they know too much," says Kelly McLendon, the presenter and founder of HIXperts, a Titusville, Fla.-based consultancy. "I'm not going to leave anyone behind, but at the same time will go beyond the basics."

McLendon will cover the tools of HIPAA privacy compliance, such as policy templates, spreadsheets and other forms for specific functions, such as cataloging records systems with protected health information. He'll cover expected requirements in a final omnibus HIPAA rule expected this year covering the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules, and also cover privacy regulations from the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

"This is a very deep view of HIPAA for HIM and privacy professionals, but we will start from the basics and make sure everyone understands from the ground up," McLendon says. More information on educational session 7004, "HIPAA Privacy and Security Boot Camp," which starts at 9:00 a.m., is available at ahima.org.

 

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