Education event

Health Information Privacy Web Seminar
Uses and disclosures, privacy breaches, case scenario challenges

May 16, 2012
10:00 a.m. – Noon, Pacific Time


We’ve all been there — you think you have a privacy issue sorted out and a new fact appears that changes everything. You suddenly become unsure — and you can’t
afford to be.

During this web seminar you will learn about the principles of health information privacy to make decisions with confidence. Expert faculty will walk you through the nuances in the law and help you understand how to respond to the most common privacy of health information situations. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate how to apply the law and challenge your critical thinking skills. Participate in this program and learn:

  • The major laws governing privacy
  • When one provider can talk to another
  • What you can tell a family member, partner or friend
  • How a minor’s status changes what you can say
  • What constitutes a reportable breach
  • And much more

Register now to learn more about this important topic.

Recommended for

Health information and privacy officers, compliance officers, risk managers, chief nursing officers and nurse managers, emergency department directors, admissions managers and legal counsel. 


Privacy of health information — why it’s so problematic

  • Many laws — HIPAA, HITECH, CMIA, LPS
  • High risk areas = high penalties for hospitals
  • Hot spots for hospitals — common mistakes

Patient rights regarding health information

  • Notices, right to access PHI, accounting of disclosures
  • Helpful forms, recommendations for communication

Using and disclosing protected health information

  • The basic principles
  • Defining “minimum necessary” information
  • Types of disclosures and authorizations
  • Special situations — minors, adults lacking capacity
  • Dealing with law enforcement requests

Breach of Privacy

  • Examining the applicable law — state or federal
  • When to report and to whom
  • The high cost of breaches — penalties

Case scenarios on patient privacy

  • Breaking it down, applying what you’ve learned
  • The right questions to ask in certain situations

Compliance tips and practical takeaways

  • Training, training, training
  • Making patient privacy part of the working culture
  • Auditing and monitoring of compliance

Changes ahead in privacy of health information


Lois Richardson has served as CHA’s legal resource for the past 18 years, primarily as legal counsel and most recently as vice president of privacy and legal publications/education. In addition to the California Health Information Privacy Manual, she is the author of numerous CHA publications including the Consent Manual, California Hospital Compliance Manual and Mental Health Law. Ms. Richardson has also been the Executive Director for the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys (CSHA) for 10 years providing legal education and networking opportunities for California’s health care attorneys.

Deborah Yano-Fong, RN, MSN, CHP, PAAPC, is chief privacy officer for the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) enterprise. This includes the UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Fresno, San Francisco General Hospital, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF health care-related academic schools and administration. Ms. Yano-Fong oversees all activities related to patient privacy and access to protected health information, including the development and implementation of UCSF’s policies and procedures. Additionally, she is UCSF’s information privacy consultant on all state and federal privacy laws and represents UCSF in inquiries from the Office of Civil Rights or other regulatory agencies. 


Members $185 (per connection)
Nonmembers $275 (per connection)

Multiple staff can gather and participate from one location for one tuition fee. Register online or complete the registration form and fax it to (916) 552-7506. Checks should be made payable to CAHHS/CHA and mailed to:

California Hospital Association
Education Department
1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cancellation Policy
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven days prior and emailed to, or faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after this date. In the unlikely event that the web seminar is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Access Info

This web seminar allows you to attend and participate without ever leaving the office. The seminar is produced live, via the Internet and a telephone line. You only need a telephone and a computer with a web browser to participate.

Once you register, a confirmation e-mail will be sent with pertinent program information.

Audio for the seminar is accessed through a toll-free number (U.S. calls only). During the program, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. If multiple people will be listening to the program at your office, only one person needs to register for the group. The slide presentation is accessed on your computer via the web.

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  • Click here to go to the Adobe Connect Enterprise Server Connection test page.
  • Follow instructions to ensure that your computer and network connections are properly configured.

If your internal security settings block access to Adobe Connect, contact your IT department to grant you access. The web seminar runs on Adobe Connect and you won’t be able to view the program without access.


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