HIPAA Compliance

All employers who sponsor a health plan should understand their obligations under HIPAA. HIPAA and subsequent regulations, including the HITECH Act, protects employee health information as it relates to a group health plan. It creates compliance obligations for health plans that vary based on whether the plan is fully-insured or self-insured and how much protected health information an employer receives.


Lay out the basic compliance requirements of HIPAA and HITECH
Review key terms
Discuss how HIPAA applies to health plans based on funding and the flow of information
Present the difference between compliance for fully-insured and self-insured plans
Discuss how HIPAA applies when plan sponsors self-administer plans such as an FSA or HRA
Review the consequences of violating HIPAA / HITECH
Discuss the new breach procedures and audits under the HITECH Act
Describe best practices in HIPAA / HITECH compliance

Employers should walk away from this 90-minute session with an understanding of how HIPAA applies to their health plan and what they need to do in order to avoid costly breaches and penalty assessments.


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