Compliance & HIPAA Privacy Specialist

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New Haven, CT
Feb 27, 2019


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.



The HIPAA Privacy & Compliance Specialist develops and performs various risk assessment and audit activities to assure compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, and priorities of the Office of Privacy and Corporate Compliance. The HIPAA Compliance Specialist assists the System Compliance Officers in developing, implementing, and maintaining an effective and comprehensive corporate privacy program for the Delivery Networks, consistent with regulatory, contractual, and ethical requirements; Yale New Haven Health System policies; and industry practices.

1. Assists System Compliance Officers in the development of an annual Work Plan and reporting performance indicators to measure the effectiveness of the compliance and privacy program at YNHHS.
2. Assists in the planning and implementation of compliance and privacy education and training programs for all personnel. Assists the System Compliance Offiers in the preparation of training materials and leads training sessions at the various Delivery Network sites.
3. Assists as needed with investigations across all Delivery Networks. Conducts investigations related to general compliance, complaints, concerns regarding billing issues, revenue cycle questions and privacy, as well as patient privacy concerns. Recommends appropriate response and follow up keeping the System Compliance Officer updated as necessary. Institutes appropriate follow-up actions. Utilizes results of incidents to develop monitoring programs and remediation plans.
4. Review, update, and develop compliance and privacy program policies and procedures to prepare for the policy approval process. Develop monitoring activities to assess compliance with policies.
5. Assists System Compliance Officers with responses to internal and external inquiries and requests for information.
6. Coordinates and develops special projects related to the Office of Privacy and Corporate Compliance priorities and requests by the System Compliance Offiers.
7. Coordinates and develops special projects for the OPCC as requested by the System Compliance Officers.
8. Participates in committees and task forces, representing the Office of Privacy and Corporate Compliance.
9. Maintain current awareness of compliance and privacy laws and industry developments pertaining to compliance and privacy. Distributes information that reflects the work of the OPCC and that are useful for the employees, physicians and vendors throughout the delivery networks of the YNHHS system.
10. Handles all corporate compliance and privacy matters with sensitivity and maintains strict confidentiality of all work material and activities.
11. Under the direction of the System Compliance Officers, supports all activities associated with the OPCC Program activities. Performs operational audits to investigate and monitor compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, and System and Delivery Network policies. Works closely with leadership in all areas to assure that corrective actions and changes are implemented, with the goal of continuous improvement.
12. Performs risk assessments and assists System Compliance Officers in developing auditing, monitoring, and oversight processes related to identified risks. Prepares for and perform reviews assessing compliance with program related regulations.
13. Under the direction of the System Compliance Officersprepares reports, related analyses, and makes recommendations to assist management in ensuring compliance and improving internal controls..
14. Participates in the development of the OPCC Annual Work Plan by completing assigned work and work plan items and conducting at least one quarterly audit related to compliance and/or privacy.
15. Works closely with staff to maintain open communications with the compliance and privacy program. Interfaces directly with Delivery Network employees and serves as a resource for addressing concerns about compliance, privacy and ethical questions.

Bachelor''s degree in business, health care, or a related field. Master''s degree preferred. Certification in healthcare compliance, auditing or related field desired. Ten years of work experience combined with active pursuit of a bachelor''s degree will meet this requirement.

Minimum of five years experience in billing compliance, general compliance, privacy, health information management, finance, healthcare administration, or a related field.

CHC, CHPC and/or CPC preferred,

This position requires a strong knowledge of HIPAA and the responsibilities of a Healthcare organization related to Privacy. Responsibilities encompass efficiently tracking and investigating privacy investigations for the two campuses of Yale New Haven Hospital as well as all outpatient centers. The employee will also assist as needed with investigations across all Delivery Networks. This employee needs to have exceptional time management skills and will work collaboratively with staff from various departments to ensure a patient centered resolution to all investigations. The individual should feel comfortable leading employee meetings and presenting at in-person education sessions related to privacy compliance.

General knowledge of healthcare compliance issues. General knowledge of governmental regulations, including documentation and third party billing requirements and regulations. General knowledge of ICD-9 and CPT-4 coding. Attention to detail, effective report writing and presentation skills a must. Skilled at using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Aptitude for and interest in learning additional software and database programs. Project management skills. Experience interacting with physicians, department heads, and senior staff members of a hospital or health system. Experience communicating with regulatory and outside agencies is desirable. Team player and self-starter, capable of taking projects from conception to implementation. High level of integrity and trust.


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Job Info

Job: 1677

Department: Corporate Compliance
Category: Legal - Compliance
Status: Full Time
Shift: DAYS
Hours: 40.00