HIPAA Update: Release of Information

Credits: 1

Course Description

We welcome back John Christiansen, a health information technology expert in Seattle, WA. In this 1-hour webinar, John will clarify the patient's right to access PHI, discuss the disclosure requirements for when a patient's representative requests copies of records, what information the authorization must contain, and what charges are allowable for copying the records, and how to handle special types of PHI Disclosures (i.e. substance abuse records, STD and mental health records).

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss individuals' right to access and the disclosure of PHI based on the HITECH Act and the Omnibus Rule.
  • List the access requirements of disclosure requests.
  • Discuss the requirements of disclosure requests
  • List allowable fees.

Faculty Information 

John R. Christiansen, Christiansen IT Law
Since the early 1990s, John R. Christiansen has been practicing law related to health-information technology. After practicing in major law and consulting firms, John formed Christiansen IT Law in 2005 to provide services on a more flexible, cost-effective basis. Christiansen IT Law’s services include privacy and security assessment, compliance and risk management, contracting and licensing of health information technology services, and related issues. Clients include health-care providers, technology and services vendors, government agencies, academic institutions, and professional firms.

John is an active participant in professional associations, including current service as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Health Law Section, and past Chair of the American Bar Association’s HITECH Megarule Task Force. He frequently speaks and publishes on health information technology and is the author of An Integrated Standard of Care for Healthcare Information Security (AHLA 2005), The HITECH Business Associate Contracts Bible (ABA 2013) and Management of Health Information in Washington State: Federal and State Regulations (WSHIMA 2015), a recently published, comprehensive reconciliation of Washington State and federal health information privacy laws.

Planning Group 

Tracey L.G. Hugel, RNC-TNP, CHC, CHPC, CPHIMS – Director Ambulatory Care Management & Population Health, Skagit Regional Medical Center, Mount Vernon, WA

Angie Perez – HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Officer, Family Care Network, Bellingham, WA
Cathy Reunanen, ARM, CPHRM – Senior Healthcare Risk Management Consultant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Cryss. Toycen – CME Specialist, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mesina McMurray – Content Development Project Manager, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mary Ashley Ancheta – Risk Management Education Assistant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA

Original release: January 2017
Last reviewed: May 2018
Expiration: January 2020

CME Information
Estimated time to complete this activity:  1 hour
Physicians in Washington who complete this course will fulfill the risk-management education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.

Physicians may claim Category 2 credit for time spent in completing this enduring on-line activity. 

At the time this course was developed, all planning and peer-review group members have certified that neither they nor their spouses/partners have, nor have had within the past year, any financial arrangements or affiliation with any commercial organization involved in the health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.

The content will not include mention of unapproved or investigational uses or products or devices.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
Physicians Insurance/Experix has implemented a process to resolve conflicts of interest for each continuing medical education activity, to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and content that is aligned with the interest Physicians in Washington who complete this course will fulfill the risk management education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.of the public. Conflicts, if any, are resolved through a peer-review process.

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