Tag Archives: HITECH

OCR to Increase Efforts to Investigate Privacy Breaches of Unsecured Protected Heath Information Affecting Fewer Than 500 Individuals

By: Edward J. Welch The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that investigates privacy breaches of unsecured, protected health information (PHI) under the Health Information Technology for Economic … Continue reading

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Protecting Patient Health Information in Florida

Vanessa Reynolds and Stephen Siegel, members of the Firm’s Health Law Practice Group, are the editors of “PROTECTING PATIENT INFORMATION IN FLORIDA.” Ms. Reynolds and Mr. Siegel have prepared this publication in order to provide our clients, colleagues and other … Continue reading

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September 24, 2014; Deadline for HIPAA-HITECH and Business Associate Compliance

By: Stephen H. Siegel, Esq. One of the requirements of HIPAA-HITECH is that many of the obligations previously imposed on Covered Entities to comply Privacy Security Rules now also are imposed on their Business Associates. In addition, Business Associates are … Continue reading

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Adoption of Telemedicine Predicted to Grow

By: Stephen Siegel Two recent analyses of the telehealth market predict substantial growth in the foreseeable future. RNCOS Business Consultancy Services is predicting a worldwide annual growth rate of 18.5%, while IHS is predicting that the telehealth market in the … Continue reading

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ACOs, HIPAA-HITECH and OHCAs

By: Stephen Siegel An ACO might be a HIPAA Covered Entity, a Business Associate, or both. Unlike the waivers to the Federal health care programs’ Kickback Prohibition and the so-called Stark Law for arrangements that further the MSSP’s “triple aim”, … Continue reading

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Today is deadline for posting revised HIPAA privacy notice

Sept. 23 is the deadline for hospitals and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to post updated privacy notices under the HITECH Act of 2009. A final rule implementing the HITECH Act’s HIPAA provisions introduced … Continue reading

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Any company that handles patient information beware: New law has wide implications

Software vendors, computer technicians, lawyers, accountants, even medical records storage firms are now included within new, stricter patient information safety laws and must have written vendor agreements in place to comply.   Health care companies are familiar with the patient … Continue reading

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Top HIPAA-HITECH Trends

By: Stephen Siegel On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services published the final rule implementing and incorporating the provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) into HIPAA. The purpose of … Continue reading

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HIPAA Violations: State Law May Provide Relief for Parties Injured by Unauthorized Disclosures

By: Stephen Siegel A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (which includes Florida), underscores the importance of both covered entities and business associates adopting electronic security measures that are consistent with the guidance provided by … Continue reading

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