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Pabrai on HIPAA/HITECH Compliance:

July, 2010


July 30, 2010  11:43 AM

Patient Access / Disclosure Restrictions (HITECH NPRM)



Posted by: Pabrai
Electronic Health Record (EHR), HITECH, Patient Right to Restrict Disclosure, Protected Health Information (PHI)

The HITECH NPRM published as a Federal Register on July 14, 2010 (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164) includes information about changes in the area of Patient Access to Electronic Health Record (EHR) and...

July 26, 2010  10:09 AM

The HIPAA Enforcement Rule



Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH

What is the HIPAA Enforcement Rule? The HIPAA Enforcement Rule establishes rules governing the compliance responsibilities of covered entities with respect to cooperation in the enforcement process. It...


July 20, 2010  10:46 AM

Business Associate Updates in Recent HITECH & HIPAA Modifications



Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA; HITECH; Business Associates; Patient Safety Organizations (PSO);

The recent modifications to the HITECH Act include updates in the area of Business Associates. As a result of the HITECH modifications, Business Associates, also include:


July 16, 2010  12:11 PM

Cyber Shield and the “Perfect Citizen”



Posted by: Pabrai
Comprehensive National Cybersecurity initiative, HIPAA, NSA, Perfect Citizen

To detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure as electricity and nuclear plants, the U.S. federal government is launching an expansive program...


July 13, 2010  11:03 AM

Historic State Enforcement of HIPAA



Posted by: Pabrai
Health Net, HIPAA, Lawsuit, Settlement

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced a settlement with Health Net and its affiliates of a lawsuit that cited failure to secure private patient medical records and financial information on nearly a...


July 9, 2010  12:11 PM

More About Meaningful Use & Compliance



Posted by: Pabrai
CMS, Compliance, HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

The consequence of not complying with HIPAA and HITECH has implications related to Meaningful Use. CMS will withhold meaningful use payment for any entity until any confirmed HIPAA privacy or security...


July 6, 2010  9:22 AM

Understanding HITECH’s Meaningful Use



Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) introduced rules to implement provisions of ARRA to provide incentive payments for the meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. Meaningfull use has an impact on HIPAA and HITECH mandates - as we will review at the...


July 2, 2010  11:38 AM

Cyber Threats



Posted by: Pabrai

According to the FBI, cybercrime is now more widespread than narcotics. The targets of cybercrime are a lot more focused than ever before. The average organization’s...


July 1, 2010  1:42 PM

Rising California Fines for Data Breaches



Posted by: dspilka
Data privacy, HIPAA, Privacy, Security

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that several California hospitals were assessed penalties and fines totaling $675,000 after a determination that...


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