Confidentiality, Privacy and Security

Privacy Office Vs. Compliance Officer

  • 1.  Privacy Office Vs. Compliance Officer

    Posted 09-08-2019 18:32
    Hello Peers,

    Is there anyone who is willing to share their Company Instruction on the Duties Delineation regarding the above staff? In your facility, is this one and the same person? If not, what are their respective roles/responsibilities?

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Susan A. Oliver

  • 2.  RE: Privacy Office Vs. Compliance Officer

    Posted 09-12-2019 17:57
    Hello Susan,

    Our facility splits these roles into two positions. As the Privacy Officer, I mainly oversee that HIPAA rules are followed to ensure the patient's privacy is maintained and unauthorized access hasn't occurred. Our Compliance Officer has a more broader role where she ensures any area of compliance is maintained. This can be from ensuring employee conduct policies are followed to other government programs are followed correctly. She also oversees RAC audits. Basically any rules/guidelines we are required to follow, she oversees unless it's HIPAA/HIM related then I oversee it.

    I hope this helps.


    Glenda Rakes
    HIM Director
    Northern Montana Health Care