Get HIPAA HITECH Compliant: Avoid the Wall of Shame

A free webinar on March 30, 2011, https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/547701696  will give a real life example of what happens when a small medical practice has a HIPAA HITECH breach. A demonstration of a cloud computing solution from Acclaim Networks will follow.

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Over 9,000 HIPAA "Small" Breaches Reported Last Year

In a written justification of its 2012 budget request, the Office for Civil Rights reports that as of September 30, 2010, it had received 9,109 reports of breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals. That represents one complete year of reports—an average of 25 reports per day.

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HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH Breach Notification: Trends in Enforcement


 Nineteenth HIPAA Summitt, March 9, 2011, David S. Holtzmann JD, Office of Civil Rights, Health Information Privacy Division


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80% of Doctors and Patients Want EMR and Privacy Protection: Markle Study

"Roughly 80 percent majorities of both the public and doctors agree it is important to require participating hospitals and doctors to share information to better coordinate care, cut unnecessary costs, and reduce medical errors.

  • Roughly 4 in 5 of both groups express the importance of privacy protections as a requirement to ensure that public investment in health IT will be well spent."

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HIPAA HITECH Final Rule, Early 2011; McDermott, Will, & Emery


OCR representatives have stated that in early 2011, OCR will issue a coordinated final rule containing modifications to the

Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Enforcement Rule and Breach Notification Rule to implement the HITECH Act and make other

changes that OCR deems advisable. McDermott, Will, & Emery

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HIPAA HITECH "Final Rule" in March 2011

Part II: Regulatory Information Service Center: Introduction to The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” According to this official document, the HHS will issue the final rule in March of 2011." Rebecca Herold

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HIPAA HITECH Data Breaches up 193% over 2009

A recent analysis of the past year’s data breaches by Imperva concludes that, in 2010, there has been a nearly 200% increase over 2009. Conversely, the number of records compromised shrank nearly 100% -- from 230 million records in 2009 to 13 million records in 2010.

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The impact of the mid-term elections — HIMSS post-election webinar, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC, Chris DeMeo

The consensus prediction was that health IT initiatives should continue as planned and that those dealing with health IT on the state level will likely see a host of fresh, but not hostile, faces.  

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The HIPAA Compliant Checklist

The HIPAA Compliant Checklist is a simple list of ten questions you need to ask yourself to determine if you are HIPAA HITECH compliant.

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Looking ahead on HIPAA enforcement,Wiley Rein LLP, Kirk J. Nahra

In summary, while the HITECH enforcement era has been slow to emerge, we can expect at least a modest uptick in 2011, particularly when the final HITECH rules take effect. In addition, we may see enforcement steps-potentially with higher penalties or other consequences-by both relevant state agencies and the FTC.

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