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HIPAA Compliance Specialist – JR60365
Washington University School of Medicine

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Work Setting: Educational Institution
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Salary Range: 49,000.00 – $83,800.00


The HIPAA Compliance Specialist is responsible for managing all HIPAA incidents, privacy complaints, and reports of suspected inappropriate access to our clinical applications. This position serves as an expert on HIPAA Privacy and provides guidance to workforce members on HIPAA related questions, concerns or incidents.

Job Description

  • Assumes primary responsibility for the initial screening of, timely investigation, triaging, and documentation of HIPAA incidents and complaints.  Conducts thorough and comprehensive investigations, including data gathering, analysis, interviews, report writing, and initiation of corrective action.  Ensures timely assessment of incidents to include documentation of risk assessments and breach notification.
  • Manages our privacy monitoring program focused on access to our clinical applications in conjunction with our vendor partner, Fair Warning. Performs timely review of the alerts and conducts thorough and comprehensive investigations, including data gathering, user interviews performed in coordination with Human Resources, analysis of access patterns, and documentation of findings. Recommends corrective action and sanctions in conjunction with Human Resources. Ensures timely assessment of alerts, to include documentation of risk assessments and breach notification.
  • Serves as an expert on the HIPAA Regulation, University privacy and security policies and procedures, and privacy and security resources. Able to advise workforce members on application of above to specific scenarios in a timely fashion. Assists HIPAA Privacy Educator with developing and promoting activities intended to foster privacy awareness and knowledge across the entire enterprise.
  • Conducts on-site privacy monitoring of clinical areas and business units and performs desk audits to ensure compliance with regulations and policies. Works collaboratively with departments to implement corrective action plans if indicated.
  • Creates and maintains dashboard reporting on HIPAA Privacy Office activities to document adherence to the HIPAA Regulation.  Dashboard includes reported incidents, privacy monitoring alerts, disclosures, breaches, sanctions, training, and patient’s acknowledgement of the offer of Notice of Privacy Practice.
  • Serves as a resource to departmental HIPAA liaisons, including providing orientation to new liaisons, maintaining resources and an updated liaison contact list, and offering frequent reminders and education.
  • Assists patients in exercising their patient privacy rights, including amending their medical records, receiving an accounting of the disclosures of their medical records, requesting restrictions on access to their medical records, and other rights related to patient privacy.
  • Works collaboratively with BJC compliance and other covered entities to investigate HIPAA incidents.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in health information, nursing, or a healthcare related field or equivalent combination of education and experience in the healthcare field may be substituted.
  • Experience in conducting or managing audits and/or investigations.
  • Clinical experience and/or experience with electronic health record documentation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in health information, nursing, or a healthcare related field with relevant work experience in health information management/HIPAA in a healthcare environment.
  • Previous experience in an academic medical setting and expertise of the Epic electronic health record system.
  • Certification from HCCA and/or AHIMA.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the HIPAA Privacy Regulation.
  • Working knowledge of electronic health records documentation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in gathering data and in using Microsoft software packages.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

Education Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in health information, nursing, or a healthcare related field or equivalent combination of education and experience in the healthcare field may be substituted.


$49,000.00 – $83,800.00 / Annually

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.

Instructions for Resume Submission

Apply to job ID JR60365

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: August 3, 2021 at 1:52 PM
Post ID: 62205

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