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HIPAA Privacy and Security Coordinator

Company: Washington County, OR
Location: Hillsboro
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:


Washington County Behavioral Health Division within Department of Health and Human Services is actively recruiting a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Security Coordinator.

The Behavioral Health Division has broad responsibilities as the local Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) and as a delegate of our local Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO). The HIPAA Privacy and Security Coordinator will work in partnership with the Behavioral Health Division Quality Assurance Team and Supervisor in ongoing efforts to provide beneficial services and supports to the Behavioral Health Division and members of our community.

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About the Opportunity
The HIPAA Privacy and Security Coordinator will perform a key role in ensuring data privacy and security practices are in alignment with maintaining an effective quality and compliance program for the Behavioral Health Division. Some responsibilities include providing privacy compliance training, auditing, and monitoring and completing data incident investigations and reports. The role requires knowledge and experience with information security practices and risk analysis and management.

In addition, the HIPAA Privacy and Security Coordinator position will assist in preparing for the review of the Behavioral Health Division conducted by oversight entities and implementing the division's Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan.
Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Perform assessment of the division to identify privacy risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Be familiar with all federal, state, local laws and regulations concerning the sharing of protected health information.
  • Monitor changes in data protection laws and regulations to ensure privacy policies and procedures are in alignment with necessary changes.
  • Ensure the enforcement of procedures through training and education to programs and community partners.
  • Respond to and ensure the proper handling of Behavioral Health client and public records requests.
  • Investigate HIPAA and PII (Personally Identifiable Information) incidents by completing risk assessment to identify and manage potential security breaches.
  • Send breach notification letters to individuals whose data has been compromised.
  • Receive and respond to inquiries and complaints about privacy practices.
  • Participate in resolution of complaints and grievances; and complete written responses to complaints and grievances as assigned.
  • Participate in audits and monitor division programs to assure compliance with statutes and guidelines; and complete written responses to these evaluations.
  • Actively participate in team and division-wide meetings as a subject matter expert.
  • Assist in development and/or revision of policies and procedures relating to HIPAA privacy and/or division activities as assigned.
  • Assist in the preparation and response to audits of HHS Behavioral Health Division conducted by the State and CCO.
  • Prepare and facilitate training and education to internal staff and community partners. This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule including 2-3 days/week remote work.

    Who we are looking for:
    The ideal candidate will have a background and understanding of quality assurance or compliance and the ability to understand and interpret the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs), Oregon Revised Statutes (ORSs), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs). Essential qualities would include being a strong collaborator with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with both internal staff and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will also be familiar with the impacts of inequity in health care and have strong ethical values that support the department's mission.

    It is highly preferred to have:
    • At least one year experience in quality management, healthcare compliance or privacy compliance with knowledge in data security, records management, HIPAA, and Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Title 42, Part 2.
    • Established certifications either as a Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) or Certified Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC).
      Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and that candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role, even if you believe you do not meet all the hiring criteria described above. Why Washington County?
      Are you interested in challenging, meaningful, and rewarding work? Join Washington County in our commitment to advancing racial equity. Our Board of Commissioners worked closely with various community stakeholders and subject matter experts to develop an . Adopted in February 2020, this resolution commits to the equitable delivery of Washington County's services, resources, and opportunities for growth and development to every county resident.
      Check Out Our Award-Winning Benefits & Wellness Program on the "Benefits" tab above!
      HIPAA Privacy and Security Coordinator is a working title. This position is classified as a Program Coordinator. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review this classification, please use this link: .
      Education and Experience:
      Possession of one of the following criteria:
    • Master's degree in a social service, clinical psychology, counseling, healthcare or related field AND three (3) years of experience in the behavioral health, social services, or healthcare field.
    • Bachelor's degree in social services, clinical psychology, counseling, healthcare, or related behavioral health field AND five (5) years of experience in the behavioral health, social services, or healthcare field.Background Investigation:
      Please be advised that this position is required to pass a criminal background check post offer.

      Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.
      Washington County is committed to using a Merit-based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.
      Our commitment to you: Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration, and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
      Selection Process
      Apply today! In lieu of a resume, we ask that you complete and submit an online application, which will be used to screen for minimum qualifications (MQs) and to determine starting pay in accordance with the provision of the Oregon Equal Pay Law. MQ Review: Human Resources will screen applications for MQs beginning the week after the posting closes. Additional preferred qualifications screening may be applied depending on the number of applications received.Subject Matter Expert Review: Your responses to the supplemental questions may be evaluated and scored by a panel of subject matter experts. Your total score for this examination will affect your placement on the eligible list (a list of candidates eligible for interviews).Panel Interview(s): Generally, the top 6 - 8 candidates will be invited to participate in a panel interview.Conditional Offer: A successful candidate will require to successfully clear a third-party background check as a pre-employment condition and Oregon State comprehensive background check as a condition of continuous employment.Please note: candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.

      Status of Your Application:
      You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" from email notifications from NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

      Veterans' Preference
      If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' preference for this recruitment, please review the instructions using this link: .

      Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
      Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.

      Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment
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