The presenter will walk you through all of the rules surrounding deceased patient medical records authorized release and storage.
You'll get a plain-English breakdown of how to comply with HIPAA Privacy Laws and state requirements, so you head off thousands of dollars in violations.
Why you should Attend:
HIPAA compliance is one of the most cited and least understood laws in the typical medical practice. Although HIPAA has been in place for decades, it has changed rapidly in the last ten years due to the rapid proliferation of technology in medicine.
In addition to these progressive changes, the law itself underwent a major overhaul in 2013 resulting in any practice that has not updated their HIPAA materials since that time being out of compliance. One of these major changes included how a practice must treat the records of their deceased patients.
Per HIPAA, you must keep medical records for deceased patients confidential DECADES longer than regular federal and state patient medical record retention laws require. To make your job even more challenging, you often have to make your medical information release decisions without the patient's authorization.
Remember, the $50,000 fine applies to each access or storage violation you make, so your penalties can easily add up to into the six figures. You really can't afford to not know the unique deceased patient medical record access and retention rules and scenarios. Fortunately, you are not alone in figuring them out.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Here are just a few of the deceased patient medical records questions you'll get answered during this upcoming 60-minute webinar:
- How long are you required to retain records for your deceased patients?
- Where can you locate your state laws on medical records for patients who have died?
- What legal documents should you require before you release a deceased patient medical record?
- Under what HIPAA exceptions can you disclose a deceased patient's personal health information?
- Do you follow HIPAA Privacy Rule or state law when releasing medical records for deceased patients?
- How much can you charge to process deceased patient medical records?
- If a personal representative or executor of the estate dies, who gets legal access to the medical records?
- Are there different rules for how you handle behavioral, mental health, or substance abuse records?
- Who has legal access to health records when a deceased patient didn't name a personal representative?
- What role does state law play in determining who is authorized to receive deceased patient medical records?
- What's the difference between an executor, administrator, and personal representative?
- How can you coach living patients to designate a personal representative to ease your medical record burden?
This training is beneficial for EVERYONE at your practice or billing company who makes decisions about how your patient information is released and maintained. In only 60 minutes, you'll learn how to comply with the EXACT requirements of deceased patient medical record access and retention laws.
Remember, the longer you keep records, the harder it is to keep them safe and secure. With deceased medical record privacy laws applying for DECADES, you simply can't afford not to have this step-by-step guidance.
You want to help family members who need immediate access to patient medical information. By attending this online training, you'll know the exact actions you can – and can't take - to uphold HIPAA and state laws, so your practice is protected from massive fines.
Who Will Benefit:
- Practice Managers
- Health Care Providers
- Pharmaceutical Representatives
- Billing & Coding Professionals
- Financial Managers/Advisors
- Compliance Officers