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Privacy officer Facility name Job description: Privacy officer Title Privacy officer Main function Responsible for ensuring the facility’s adherence to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations. Duties and 1. Philosophy responsibilities a) Supports the facility’s ideology, mission, goals, and objectives b) Performs in accordance with the facility’s policies and procedures c) Follows the facility’s standards for ethical business conduct d) Conducts self as a positive role model and team member e) Recognizes patients’ rights and responsibilities and supports them in performance of job duties f) Participates in facility committees, meetings, inservices, and activities 2. Communication a) Communicates effectively and professionally with patients, visitors, physicians, and coworkers b) Interacts with others in a positive, respectful, and considerate manner 3. Financial practices a) Uses facility resources appropriately and avoids wasteful practices b) Reports wasteful practices c) Analyzes work area and makes recommendations for potential cost-effective improvements 4. Performance-improvement program a) Performs according to established performance-improvement policies and procedures b) Serves as a member of the performance-improvement committee c) Prepares compliance reports and presents opportunities and responsibilities to the performance-improvement committee on a quarterly basis 5. Safety/risk-management program a) Adheres to safety policies and procedures in performing job duties and responsibilities b) Reports observed or suspected safety violations, hazards, and policy/procedure noncompliance to the safety officer or other designated person 6 Professional competence a) Participates in continuing education and other learning experiences b) Shares knowledge gained in continuing education with staff c) Maintains membership in relevant professional organizations d) Seeks new learning experiences by accepting challenging opportunities and responsibilities e) Welcomes suggestions and recommendations 7. Duties a) Assists in developing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations b) Ensures the facility develops/maintains appropriate privacy, confidentiality, consent, and authorization forms/information notices c) Reviews HIPAA standards, laws, and regulations d) Recommends action to achieve compliance with requirements for the outpatient healthcare setting e) Provides specific guidance to management, medical staff, and employees f) Coordinates investigation and monitoring of compliance with HIPAA standards and procedures g) Provides initial inservice for new employees promoting understanding of HIPAA issues, laws/regulations, and consequences of noncompliance through written materials and training programs h) Participates in the development of continuing HIPAA-related education programs for employees i) Maintains awareness of current changes in HIPAA laws and regulations through personal initiative, seminars, training programs, and peer contact j) Participates in privacy surveillance and incident reporting on a regular basis 1 Privacy officer k) Audits employee activity for compliance with all HIPAA regulations within the facility l) Investigates all incidents that involve HIPAA noncompliance and submits necessary reports to the performance-improvement committee and governing body m) Develops a method for continual review and assessment of compliance with HIPAA regulations n) Participates in the development, implementation, and ongoing compliance monitoring of business associate agreements o) Ensures that all privacy/confidentiality requirements and responsibilities are addressed with business associates p) Establishes a mechanism to track access to protected health information and reports on such activity to the performance-improvement committee q) Ensures consistent application of all sanctions for failure to comply with privacy policies and procedures for all employees and business associates Responsibility for 1. Responsible for assisting in protecting the facility’s financial assets by maintaining compliance assets with HIPAA regulations 2. Responsible for maintenance/retention of all HIPAA-related documents Qualifications 1. Cooperative work attitude toward co-employees, management, patients, visitors, and physicians 2. Ability to promote favorable facility image with physicians, patients, insurance companies, and general public 3. Ability to make decisions and solve problems Requirements Required 1. High school diploma or GED certificate 2. Training or courses in business office activities 3. Strong ethical and moral character references Preferred 1. Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, RN, or equivalent education/experience 2. Experience in medical/legal issues in a healthcare environment 3. Strong medical billing expertise with Medicare/Medicaid/third-party payers 4. Knowledge of HIPAA laws, rules, and regulations 5. Good oral and written communication skills Job quality 1. Accuracy requirements 2. Attention to detail 3. Timeliness 4. Organization 5. Low degree of supervision needed to accomplish tasks Dependability 1. Attendance 2. Punctuality 3. Ability to follow instructions 4. Ability to meet deadlines Physical/mental 1. Ability to sit, stand, and walk for long periods requireme
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