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Our healthcare system is in critical condition; its costs are out of control, and it's failing to keep us healthy. Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy and we spend twice as much per person to pay for a health care system that ranks last of all industrialized nations. The recently passed health legislation seeks to change all of this. A key component of health reform is the roll out of electronic health records nationwide; paper systems can never solve these problems!

Higher quality, lower cost healthcare can result only if we incorporate interoperable health information exchange and standardized, secure electronic communications of administrative and clinical transactions. HIPAA started the ball rolling in this direction 13 years ago by requiring standards for administrative transactions, code sets, identifiers, security, and privacy. Last year, the HITECH Act (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) put the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology into law and provided the funding and impetus to roll out EHR systems and incorporate clinical information exchanges. It also ramped up the HIPAA requirements for privacy and security and charged the Secretary of HHS to undertake "...the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information and that ensures that each patient's health information is secure and protected...". The Department of Health & Human Services has issued regulations requiring the adoption of updated versions of the transaction standards and the use of ICD-10 coding. This year Congress passed healthcare reform legislation in the form of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which includes requirements to push the industry even further in this direction. HHS is producing volumes of regulations on privacy, security and electronic health records. Just when we thought that HIPAA had settled in, it is off and running again!

These developments will affect most aspects of healthcare and everyone connected professionally with healthcare will want to understand these changes and what will be required. The HIPAA Summit will provide the most up-to-date information on the status and schedule for the regulations through presentations by the leading regulators from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Private sector leaders will add practical advice from their experiences in implementations. This Summit will cover privacy and security under the HITECH Act, legal, electronic health record adoption, and developments in transactions and codesets. It will also include training sessions for HIPAA privacy and security professionals who wish to apply for certification.

Learning Objectives
  • Prepare attendees for professional HIPAA privacy and security certification examinations.
  • Understand the basics of HIPAA and HITECH laws and regulations, and the effect of health care reform on health information exchange.
  • Outline the next generation of privacy and security compliance strategies, and how these affect electronic health record adoption and interoperability.
  • Learn security breach analysis and notification strategies.
  • Analyze Industry Readiness for 5010 and ICD-10, and articulate strategies for compliance.
  • Understand the Medicare incentives for meaningful use of electronic health records, and the role of regional extension centers.
  • Gain expertise in the evaluation, selection and adoption of electronic health record systems.
  • Anticipate operational issues and learn best practices in electronic health record implementations.
Who Should Attend
  • Privacy Professionals
  • Security Professionals
  • Clinicians
  • Hospitals and other Healthcare Providers
  • Health Plans
  • Employers and Healthcare Purchasers
  • State, Regional and Community-Based Health Information Organizations
  • Health Information Organizations
  • Public Health Officials
  • Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device Manufacturers
  • Healthcare IT Consultants, Suppliers and Vendors
  • State and Federal Policy Makers
  • Health Services Researchers
  • Academics
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Health Law Attorneys
  • Medical Directors
  • Physicians
  • Managed Care Professionals
  • Medical Group Managers
  • Data Managers
  • Ethics Officers
  • Health Insurance Executives
  • Consultants
  • Government Agency Employees
  • Health Administration Faculty
  • Risk Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Quality Assurance Professionals
  • Registered Nurses
  • Long Term Care Professionals
  • Billing and Coding Professionals
  • Third Party Billing Professionals
  • Software Developers
  • System Vendors
  • System Integrators

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