Wiggin & Dana and Simione Consultants Release HIPAA Implementation Program on CD

November 13, 2002

New Haven, CT  -Wiggin & Dana law firm and Simione Consultants, a national health care consulting group with operational and IT expertise, have joined forces to develop HIPAA  resources for health care providers on CD-ROM.  Called  HIPAAPassport, the comprehensive HIPAA implementation program offers guidance, tools and resources to support compliance.

HIPAAPassport covers all three components of HIPAA:  privacy, security and transactions, and code sets regulations.  It includes:  guidance on completing an operational assessment and developing an implementation plan for the organization; a complete set of model forms, policies and procedures; tools to assist in tracking protected health information and documenting compliance; and PowerPoint materials to use in educating boards as well as the workforce.  The program divides the complex set of requirements into a series of manageable projects with detailed instructions on how to complete each one.  The CDs are constructed to walk the user step-by-step through each HIPAA implementation project and task. 

The  Home Care edition and the Long-Term Care edition of HIPAAPassport have been approved by the National Association of Home Care (NACH), and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA),  respectively.

"It would have taken us four years to research and understand the HIPAA rules and to design these documents. The project guides, tools and policies address every single home care issue from a legal and operations perspective," said Carol Mahier, Executive Director of Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc.

HIPAAPassport can be purchased online at
www.hipaapassport.com.  Purchasers of HIPAAPassport will be able to obtain updates through the Web site and also will have access to HIPAA Q-and-A postings specific to home care, hospice and long term care.

Simione Consultants and Wiggin & Dana will provide updates and enhancements to the program through December 2003.  The HIPAA Practice Group at Wiggin & Dana and Simione Consultants together offer combined expertise needed to address all of the legal, operational and IT issues associated with HIPAA implementation.

Wiggin & Dana's Health Care practice is the largest in Connecticut and one of the largest in New England. The firm advises its health care clients on a broad array of matters central to the delivery of health care, including regulatory, reimbursement, compliance, information technology, corporate, finance, labor and employment and litigation matters.    With offices in New Haven, Hartford, Stamford and Philadelphia, Wiggin & Dana is a 150-lawyer firm that offers a full range of services to state, regional, national and international clients.  Wiggin & Dana's Health Care lawyers have developed a comprehensive menu of services to assist health care clients in implementing HIPAA.