Archive for August, 2009

Sept 23 Deadline For HIPAA-Covered Entities & Business Associates To Comply With New HHS Health Information Data Breach Rules Published Today

Employer and other health plans, health care providers, health clearinghouses and their business associates must start complying with new federal data breach notification rules on September 24, 2009 contained in regulations published in today’s Federal Register. You are invited to catch up on what these new rules mean for your organization and how it must respond by participating in the “HITECH Act Health Data Security & Breach Update” on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from Noon to 1:30 P.M. Central Time.

Continue Reading August 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Health Providers, Other HIPAA-Covered Entites Must Comply With New Data Breach Notification Rules Beginning September 23; Register to Participate In September 10th Briefing on New Rules In Person or Via Telephone

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday (August 19, 2009) issued “breach notification” regulations requiring health care providers, health plans and other covered entities (Covered Entities) under the personal health information privacy and security rules of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability (HIPAA) to notify affected individuals following a “breach” of “unsecured” protected health information. Scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on August 24, 2009, the new breach notification regulations are part of a series of new rules that implement new electronic personal health information data security and data breach notification requirements for Covered Entities added to HIPAA under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act signed into law on February 17, 2009 as part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Covered entities must begin complying with the new rules no later than September 24, 2009. Interested persons are invited to participate in a briefing on these new protected health information data security and data breach rules on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from Noon to 1:30 P.M. Central Time. For a registration fee of $45.00, registrants will have the option to participate via teleconference or in person at the offices of Curran Tomko Tarski LLP, 2001 Bryan Street, Suite 2050, Dallas Texas 75201. For more information, e-mail here.

Continue Reading August 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm

OCR Expanding HIPAA Privacy & Security Enforcement Team

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week announced additional job openings on its Office For Civil Rights (OCR) Health Information Privacy Enforcement Team. The announcements come as HHS reassigns enforcement responsibility to OCR from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and moves to enhance other enforcement efforts.

Continue Reading August 4, 2009 at 12:30 am

HHS Delegates Authority for the HIPAA Security Rule to Office for Civil Rights

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) today (August 3, 2009) transferred authority for the administration and enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Prior to this announcement, responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of the Security Rule rested with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). HHS anticipates the transfer of authority will eliminate duplication and increase efficiencies in how the department ensures that Americans’ health information privacy is protected.

Continue Reading August 3, 2009 at 11:14 pm


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