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HIPAA will heat up in 2008

Briefings on HIPAA, January 1, 2008

The end of 2007 brings to a close a tumultuous year for covered entities, which faced NPI difficulties and saw an increased emphasis on security in the past 12 months. Although a hard deadline for NPI use approaches in May, one thing is for sure: HIPAA is undergoing some major developments. "2007 was the year of NPI," says Karen Trudel, deputy director of CMS' Office of Electronic Standards and Services. "Once we get over the NPI hurdle, what comes next?" The answer? Plenty. Covered entities should be on their toes in 2008.

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