HCPro, Inc. Launches New HIPAA Products for Clinical Researchers

Press Releases, February 10, 2003

February 10, 2003-Marblehead, MA-HCPro, Inc., the leader in healthcare compliance, regulation, and management and publisher of the Clinical Trials Compliance newsletter, announces a number of new products to help clinical trials researchers prevent delays in their research and avoid hefty fines for non-compliance of HIPAA.

If researchers aren't in compliance with the privacy portion of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), they could be shut down or lose revenue from postponed research. HCPro's clinical trials products give researchers the hands-on information they need to craft their sites' new forms, policies and procedures to comply with HIPAA by the April 14, 2003 deadline.

Now researchers can quickly and easily train clinical trials coordinators, clinical research associates, and principal investigators on key components of the HIPAA privacy regulation with our new convenient pocket-sized HIPAA Training Handbook for Researchers: HIPAA and Clinical Trials. In addition to an overview of HIPAA, this handbook includes the basics on what research is covered by HIPAA, new authorization requirements, waivers of authorization, changes to the pre-screening process, de-identification procedures, and more. Handbooks come in 15-book packs so researchers can train your staff easily. Click the following link for more information: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/Prod.cfm?id=1333

In addition to handbooks, HCPro has launched an informative online learning course that gives an overview of HIPAA. Our new Overview of HIPAA Privacy and Security for Clinical Researchers explains how HIPAA interacts with current government regulations and covers specifications for the prescreening process as well as all other aspects of HIPAA that are relevant to researchers. This new course is part of our comprehensive HCProfessor product line (http://www.hcprofessor.com) Click the following link for more information: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/Prod.cfm?id=1428

For bulk purchases of the handbook or site licenses to the online course, please contact David Miller at 781/639-1872 x. 3286.

HCPro's new book and CD/ROM set, HIPAA in Clinical Trials: A Practical Guide for Research Compliance helps researchers achieve compliance through use of case scenarios, create customized policies and procedures for research facilities, manage difficult research situations that have been impacted by HIPAA, and navigate the areas of HIPAA that have been "hanging up" researchers. Click on the following link for more information: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/Prod.cfm?id=1451

The Company was founded in Marblehead, MA, as a specialty publisher in 1986 by Jennifer Cofer, a nationally recognized authority in healthcare information management. HCPro currently offers 34 weekly and monthly regulatory newsletters, 162 book titles, 119 videos, more than 60 audio conferences annually, 75 e-learning education products, and 19 seminars. It also operates 24 Web sites focused on healthcare. In addition, HCPro offers consulting services through 10 full-time and 50 per diem consultants. The Company has become the most extensive provider of need-to-know information on regulatory compliance in the healthcare industry. (http://www.hcpro.com)

HCPro, Inc. (HCPro) launched its online learning division, HCProfessor (www.hcprofessor.com), in June 2001. There are now more than 100 HCProfessor courses online in such topics as HIPAA compliance, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' (JCAHO) pain management standards, JCAHO medical staff standards, and Medicare billing compliance. Users will also find CE (continuing education) quizzes for coding compliance and restraints. HCPro's HIPAA training solution offers a library of 11 job-specific courses designed to provide training relevant to the responsibilities of all health care employees.

HCPro, Inc. and HCProfessor are not affiliated in any way with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, which owns the JCAHO trademark.