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ProfilePrivacy Officer Duties: Responsibility for the HIPAA Privacy Program by overseeing all ongoing activities related to the development, implementation, maintenance of, and adherence to the organization’s policies and procedures covering access to and privacy of all patient health information in compliance with federal and state laws and the healthcare organization’s information privacy practices. Will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the HIPAA Privacy Program throughout the organization’s corporate offices, radiation oncology practices, and multi-specialty practices. Oversees the development, implementation, and maintenance of 21C’s HIPAA Privacy policies and procedures. Serves as the HIPAA Privacy contact for all departments and appropriate entities. Reports to Executive Compliance Committee and Compliance & Quality Committee of the Board of Directors on privacy-related matters. Performs periodic HIPAA Privacy risk assessments and conducts related ongoing compliance monitoring activities in coordination with 21C’s Regional Compliance Officers. Develops and oversees the implementation of corrective action plans that result from auditing and monitoring activities. Develops and implements a comprehensive HIPAA training program in coordination with Security Officer. Initiates, facilitates and promotes activities to foster HIPAA Privacy awareness within the organization and related entities. Works with Legal Counsel and key departments to ensure the organization has and maintains appropriate privacy and confidentiality consent, authorization forms, and information notices and materials reflecting current organization and legal practices and requirements. Works collaboratively with the Security Officer to ensure the appropriate protection of all electronic protected health information. Works with Legal Counsel and key departments in the ongoing monitoring of all business associate agreements. Receives, investigates and resolves all HIPAA Privacy-related reports, including potential breach incidents, in coordination with Legal Counsel and the Security Officer, as appropriate. Works cooperatively with regional leadership and the HIMS department in overseeing patient rights to inspect, amend, and restrict access to protected health information when appropriate. Administers the process for receiving, documenting, tracking, investigating, and taking action on all complaints concerning the organization’s privacy policies and procedures. Ensures compliance with privacy practices and consistent application of sanctions for failure to comply with privacy policies in cooperation with Human Resources, the Chief Compliance Officer, Security Officer, departmental leadership, and Legal Counsel as applicable. Reviews all system-related information security plans throughout the organization’s network to ensure alignment between security and privacy practices. Works with all organization personnel involved with any aspect of release of protected health information, to ensure full coordination and cooperation under the organization’s policies and procedures and legal requirements. Maintains current knowledge of applicable federal and state privacy laws and accreditation standards, and monitors advancements in information privacy technologies to ensure organizational adaptation and compliance. Cooperates with the Office for Civil Rights, other government agencies, and organization officers in any compliance reviews or investigations.
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REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree in a health care discipline required. JD Degree or Master’s Degree in related field preferred. CHPC or other Privacy certification preferred. 3-5 years of experience directing and/or overseeing a Privacy Program. Experience implementing compliance requirements in a decentralized environment. Experience working with state and federal government agencies. In-depth knowledge of healthcare privacy laws and standards required. Detail oriented, with strong analytical and organizational skills. Excellent public speaking and presentation skills. Ability to independently implement, oversee and manage a program. Ability to exercise initiative, use sound judgment and employ effective problem solving techniques in the decision making process. Self-starter with ability to meet strict deadlines. Must have computer skills to include Microsoft Excel.