Corporate Compliance

Senators introduce bill to revise and update HIPAA

Compliance Monitor, July 25, 2007

On July 18, Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill that seeks to revise HIPAA in an attempt to increase privacy, and eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the regulation, according to Government Health IT.

The bill, entitled The Health Information Privacy and Security Act of 2007, aims to ensure that HHS will update the regulation by further restricting PHI disclosure, requiring appropriate notification to those who are victims of unauthorized disclosures, and creating an HHS Office of Health Information Privacy to increase enforcement of the regulation. The bill also addresses privacy issues surrounding the increased use of technology by healthcare providers.

The Health Information Privacy and Security Act of 2007 would, for example, enable patients to opt out of the increasing number of electronic health systems that store and transmit the PHI, according to Government Health IT.

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