Deadline set for privacy compliance

On Monday, April 14, provisions of a state privacy law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will go into effect.

The law will directly or indirectly affect all employers, physicians and health-plan providers, according to a spokesperson for the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce. To ensure that affected businesses will be in compliance, a compliance seminar is set for Thursday, April 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Lihu’e Neighborhood Center.

Attorneys will discuss new compliance provisions, which among other things will limit health-care facility officials’ abilities to reveal names or other information on those in their care for treatment. Seminar leaders will explain new regulations, and employer obligations under the law. They will cover important areas of the regulations, including restrictions on the use and disclosure of health information, notice requirements, and rights provided to individuals under the law.

The charge is $10 for Chamber members, and $15 for all others. For reservations and more information, please call 245-7363. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 1.

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