Health Information Management

HITECH UPDATE: HIPAA enforcement promises, but lacks specifics

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 1, 2009

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a report May 18 that highlights how it will carry out HIPAA privacy and security regulations outlined in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Is it merely the same information from HITECH, but said in a different way? It depends on who you ask.

One expert says the report does not include enough specifics about how the federal government will enforce the new HIPAA laws included in the HITECH portion (Title XIII) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Another expert calls the document "impressive," evidence of a "sea of change" and an effort on behalf of the federal government to carry out its promises to protect patient privacy and enforce HIPAA laws.

Read the full story in HealthLeaders Media by Dom Nicastro.

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