De-Identifying Protected Health Information

Using Expert Determination and Safe Harbor Methods to De-Identify PHI

OCR recently released guidance on de-identification methods

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to healthcare counsel on the new Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance and best practices to de-identify health information. The panel will also discuss the challenges of balancing the privacy risks against the need to use the information for research and other public priorities.

Description

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established tight controls on protected health information (PHI). There are ways to de-identify PHI so that it can be used for public priorities, such as research, as well as by covered entities and business associates to limit their HIPAA exposure.

On Nov. 26, 2012, the OCR issued guidance on how PHI may be de-identified. The guidance discusses the expert determination method and the safe harbor method, which are used to de-identify PHI.

Health information can be used to benefit research and to limit HIPAA exposure. When considering whether to de-identify PHI, covered entities, business associates, researchers and others must balance patient privacy with the need to use the information for public priorities.

Listen as our authoritative panel of experienced healthcare practitioners examines the new OCR guidance and the methods available to de-identify health information. The panel will also discuss the challenges of balancing the privacy risks with the need to use the information for research and other public priorities.

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Outline

  1. OCR guidance on de-identifying PHI
  2. Methods to de-identify PHI
    1. Expert determination method
    2. Safe harbor method
  3. Best practices for balancing privacy risks with the need to use the information

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What guidance does the OCR provide for meeting the expert determination method?
  • What guidance does the OCR give for meeting the safe harbor method?
  • What factors should covered entities, business associates and others consider when deciding whether to de-identify PHI?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

Faculty

Dianne J. Bourque
Dianne J. Bourque

Member
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo

Ms. Bourque counsels clients on the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Standards. She regularly...  |  Read More

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