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Promoting Meaningful Information Sharing

Posted By Robert L. May II, Monday, February 29, 2016

Earlier this month I was invited to speak at a special event hosted by the City of Denver Department of Human Services Crime Prevention and Control Commission. The event, Promoting Meaningful Information Sharing, was held in Denver on 23 February intended to help participants:

  • Ensure accurate information on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42-CFR laws.
  • Understand current interpretations and practices regarding HIPAA and 42-CFR laws.
  • Develop common practices used across and within Denver and Colorado agencies.
  • Discuss how Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) can be used across systems in a digital form.

The event began with general discussions on HIPAA and 42-CFR Part 2 and then I provided the information on criminal justice provisions within HIPAA and 42-CFR. Following my session, there was a presentation on electronic health data exchange and then the rest of the session included scenarios and responses to participant questions.

Also speaking at the event were:

  • Drew Labbo, Chief Information Security Officer & Privacy Officer at Denver Health and Hospital Authority, and he owner and principal of Rocky Mountain HIPAA Guru, which offers HIPAA consulting and HIPAA advisory services.
  • Charles Smith, PhD, Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY). Dr. Smith is a Licensed Psychologist and the former Director of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado.
  • Hyla Schreurs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Rocky Mountain Region, Supervisory Equal Opportunity Specialist. Ms. Schreurs is licensed to practice law in Colorado.
  • Jennifer Hill, Program Coordinator at the Colorado Mental Wellness Network.
  • Lyn Snow, Compliance Officer for Colorado Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health.
  • Kate Tipping, Public Health Advisor and privacy lead on SAMHSA’s Health IT Team. PATRICK FOX
  • Patrick K. Fox, MD,  Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Human Services and Deputy Director of Clinical Services for the Office of Behavioral Health.
  • Toria Thompson, Behavioral Health Information Exchange Coordinator at CORHIO and is responsible for implementing solutions for the secure exchange of Behavioral Health data within CORHIO’s HIE.

The combined PowerPoint presentations are attached to this post as a resource, and the following were provided as web resources for further information on the topics discussed.

OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR): http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/

  • Full text of Privacy, Security, and Breach Rules
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule summary
  • Covered entity "decision tool" to assist individuals and entities in making these determinations
  • Over 200 frequently asked questions
  • Fact sheets
  • Information about the OCR enforcement program

Substance Abuse& Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.samhsa.gov/healthprivacy/docs/EHR-FAQs.pdf and http://www.samhsa.gov/about/laws/SAMHSA_42CFRPART2FAQII_Revised.pdf

  • To help providers in the behavioral health field better understand privacy issues related to Health IT, SAMHSA, in collaboration with ONC has created two sets of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance Health and Public Safety Outcomes


Prioritizing Justice-to-Health Exchanges Task Team Final Report


Aligning Justice-To-Health Priority Exchanges Task Team Final Report

Corrections and Reentry:

Protected Health Information Privacy Framework for Information Sharing https://csgjusticecenter.org/corrections/publications/corrections-and-reentry-protected-health-information-privacy-framework-for-information-sharing/


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Tags:  corrections  HIPAA  information sharing  justice-to-health  mental health  substance abuse 

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