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OCR launches updated breach reporting portal

HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 23, 2015

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently adopted a wizard format on its breach notification portal to allow for expanded functionality, according to The National Law Review.

The new version of the portal uses a wizard to guide users through a multistep process, whereas the previous version allowed users to enter responses to mandatory and optional fields on a single webpage. The steps are modified as users select the applicable answer.
OCR also made some previously optional fields mandatory in the latest update to the portal, according to the National Law Review. Updates include:
  • Breach end date and discovery end date are now mandatory fields
  • Users may select from a list of general options (e.g., Privacy Rule safeguards, Security Rule safeguards) rather than specific options (e.g., firewalls, encryption) when identifying safeguards in place prior to the breach
  • Users may select from a list of 15 specific options (e.g., revised business associate contracts, revised policies and procedures) rather than general options (e.g., mitigation, sanctions) when providing information about actions taken in response to a breach
The site states that it is still undergoing improvements that will be completed by April 30, 2015.
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