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US Department of Health and Human Services

The California Office of Health Information Integrity(CALOHII)

  • CalOHII was established by legislation within the Health and Human Services Agency in the fall of 2001. CalOHII has responsibility for statewide leadership, coordination, policy formulation, direction and oversight of HIPAA implementation in California.

CalOHII's principal activities include:

  • Reviewing and approving comments on proposed federal regulations;
  • Working with the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the national organizations to identify and resolve questions and issues needing federal interpretation or decision;
  • Providing State control agencies with information about HIPAA and helping to facilitate HIPAA program decisions needed from them;
  • Working with our Advisory Committee composed of county and provider organizations, legislative staff, and advocates;
  • Co-chairing the Steering Committee of the Statewide Work Group, and participating in all of the individual work groups (e.g., Privacy, Security);
  • Disseminating implementation tools and templates developed by HIPAA Work Groups and our CalOHII team;
  • Assigning liaison staff to assist each department with HIPAA implementation;
  • Developing tracking and monitoring tools, and reports to advise the Administration and the Legislature on HIPAA status;
  • Creating an infrastructure for HIPAA training, including Privacy training; and
  • Reviewing and approving departmental proposals for funding, contracts, and information system development/modification

The CalOHII website includes implementation tools and templates, policy memoranda, a legal analysis of where HIPAA preempts State law, and links to federal websites. In addition, the website provides information to vendors about services CalOHII and departments will purchase through the HIPAA Master Services Agreement.

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Off-site link to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (The CMS HIPAA glossary should not be considered a legal document.)

 

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