Seminar Explains New Opportunities & Risks in Obtaining Needed Tools to Reduce Medical Errors

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006
1 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern
Noon - 1:30 pm Central
11 am - 12:30 pm Mountain
10 am - 11:30 pm Pacific

Contact: Dennis Melamed
Phone: 703.704-5665

ALEXANDRIA VA, USA -- HIT/HIPAA UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- SEPTEMBER 7, 2006: CMS and the HHS Office of Inspector General announced final rules Aug. 1 defining the circumstances under which hospitals and other healthcare providers may accept free information technology in support of electronic health records and electronic prescribing. The new rules create "safe harbors" from prosecution under current prohibitions governing physician self-referrals and kickbacks from others in the health industry.

The regulations may be good news for the industry, but they are complicated because the federal government is extremely concerned about the possibility of abuse. That means that your organization risks legal problems even as it pursues the federal government's goal of reducing medical errors and adopting interoperable electronic health records.

To explain what to expect from the new safe harbors and how to take full advantage of the new rules, Melamedia, publishers of Drug & Biologic Guidance Watch and Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is sponsoring a 90-minute audio seminar on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006:

Navigating the New Safe Harbors for E-Health Records and E-Prescribing

The effective date of the rules is Oct. 10, and the timing of this seminar is designed to give you time to take full advantage of the safe harbors.

Participants Will Be Briefed On Both Sets Of Rules, Including:

  • What Technology Is Covered;
  • The Standards That The Donated Technology Must Meet;
  • Determining What Technology Is Necessary For A Recipient;
  • Permissible Donors;
  • How Recipients May Be Selected;
  • Determining The Value Of Protected Technology;
  • Determining When Equipment Is Used Solely For The Purposes Covered Under The Safe Harbors;
And much more


The seminar and the CD recording with materials qualifies for 1.8 CE credits from the Healthcare Compliance Certification Board.


John R. Christiansen, Esq., is a principal in Christiansen IT Law, where he focuses on healthcare information technology. He is the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Healthcare Privacy, Security and Information Technology and past Chair of its Healthcare Informatics Committee.

Bruce Merlin Fried, Esq., is a partner with Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, LLP. Bruce serves as General Counsel to the eHealth Initiative and the Health Technology Center. A former HHS official, Bruce served as the Health Care Financing Administration's (now CMS) Director of the Center for Health Plans and Providers where he was responsible for policy and operations for the Medicare program. Prior to that, he was director of HCFA's Office of Managed Care.

  • Healthcare Management Executives
  • Healthcare IT ManagersPharmacy Managers
  • HIPAA Privacy & Security Officers
  • E-Prescription Vendors
  • EHR Vendors
  • Risk Managers
  • Health Information Management Professionals
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Medicare Contractors
  • Researchers
  • Health Plans
  • Clearinghouses
  • Prescription Drug Discount Sponsors
  • Pharmacy Benefit Managers
  • Drug and Device Manufacturers
  • Healthcare Lawyers and Consultants

An audio seminar is a live event that includes session handouts, live Q&A and access for an unlimited number of participants at each call-in line.


Registration is $250 per call-in line. Register at

Or download the order form and fax it to (703) 619-4912.

Get both the registration and a CD recording for $309.


CD recordings and seminar materials - a valuable tool for training - are $260.