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

Web Seminar Recorded Live May 16, 2012
Program Rated 4.4 out of 5 by participants


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 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 are 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

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.