Health Information Management

Economic stimulus bill set to arrive on Obama's desk

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 16, 2009

The economic stimulus plan, which includes money earmarked for HIPAA enforcement, is due on President Barack Obama’s desk February 16, the Associated Press reported.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told the AP that Congress was almost finished with the $787 billion economic plan.

Lawmakers reviewed the 1,071-page bill overnight February 12 before debate kicked off the next morning. The House approved the plan later in the afternoon with a vote of 246-183, The New York Times reported Friday, February 12.

The HIPAA enforcement provisions in the legislation includes:

  • The requirement to notify those affected by a breach of health information within 60 days
  • The requirement to notify local news media if a breach involves more than 500 residents in that area
  • The requirement to notify the HHS secretary immediately in breaches involving more than 500 people

Read the full story in the Associated Press.

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