Health Information Management

Revisit your sanctions policy with HITECH in mind

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 8, 2009

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The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provides a four-tiered system by which the government will assess the level and associated penalty of each type of hospital privacy violation.

Hospital officials may wonder whether they should revise their internal sanctions policies to reflect the HITECH Act’s tiered approach.

Two experts, a provider and an attorney, recently told BOH that it’s a good time to revisit your sanctions policy as the regulatory environment evolves.

For more information about sanctions policies or to purchase a copy of this article for $10, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPAA have access to this article in the September issue of the newsletter.



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