Health Information Management

Make HIPAA a top priority with upper management

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 29, 2010

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Privacy and security officers may face varying challenges to get buy-in from top leaders for HIPAA compliance. Here are some tips that can help you accomplish it:

  • Communicate regularly with senior leaders. How you accomplish this may depend on your organization’s structure. For example, every six months, Nancy Davis, MS, RHIA, privacy and security officer at Milwaukee-based Ministry Health Care, sends a two-page executive summary of security and privacy activities to her healthcare system’s board of directors. Some of Ministry’s senior leaders also receive copies of the privacy committee’s meeting minutes.
  • Share the good news. “Be sure to tell them, ‘Here’s what we achieved,’ ” says Judi Hofman, CAP, CHP, CHSS, privacy and information security officer at Bend, OR–based St. Charles Health System. “They don’t want to hear that the sky’s falling. They want to know you are doing your job.”
  • Consider the leadership perspective. Make good use of your time with organizational leaders by understanding what they need to know and limiting yourself to important topics.
Note: For additional tips, read the full article as printed in the June 2010 issue of Health Information Compliance Insider. 



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