Friday, September 03, 2004

Favorite HIPAA Web Links

Earlier this week I spoke at a Lorman Education Services Seminar on "Confidentiality & Privacy of Medical Information in West Virginia" in Charleston, West Virginia. Here is a copy of the brochure from the seminar, including the agenda.

The goal of the seminar was to provide health information specialists and other health care providers with a relatively comprehensive summary of privacy law in West Virginia. In addition we addressed the impact of the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) on West Virginia privacy law.

A number of the participants asked for a list of website that I find useful for gaining knowledge about, interpreting and understanding the new HIPAA laws. Below are some of my favorite web resources on HIPAA.

1. A complete copy of the Privacy and Security Rules (unofficial version). This is a must for any privacy officer.

2. The Administrative Simplification website at DHHS.

3. The HIPAA Privacy section of the Office for Civil Rights website. The FAQ section of this website provides very practical information on the Privacy Rule. Also the OCR has posted various educational materials.

4. The State of West Virginia HIPAA website. This website includes a copy of the State of West Virginia's preemption analysis of various provisions of the West Virginia Code.

5. The Work Group for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) website. In particular I like the white papers section of the WEDI website.

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