California Hires Covansys to Teach HIPAA Compliance to Public Employees
California has contracted with technology services provider Covansys to provide "comprehensive training" on HIPAA regulation and compliance for state, county and municipal government employees. Training began last month but will expand in the coming months to include introductory and advanced courses on the law at training centers throughout the state. The curriculum is designed to teach the government employees about the law's requirements for electronic transfer of health information and its "projected results." Covansys also has partnered with Quorum Health Resources, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to provide HIPAA training. Mark Gross, senior vice president of Covansys' Global Health Care Division, said, "Due to HIPAA regulations, technological demands in the health care industry are at an all-time high. We're confident Covansys can help the state of California achieve HIPAA compliance with our expertise and suite of scalable solutions that all payers, providers, clearinghouses and other health care industry players will need to meet HIPAA mandates" (Covansys release, 7/30).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.