ARRA: Implementation Challenges

This article takes a look at some of the difficulties involved in implementing the privacy and security requirements introduced by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The ARRA privacy provisions that created the most worry amongst health care organizations nationwide are: 1) Breach notification; 2) Accounting for disclosure; 3) Out-of-pocket payments; and 4) Electronic copies of electronic health records. This article explores each of these [...]

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ARRA 2009: Privacy & Security Changes – Part III

This article takes a look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which resulted in some significant changes to privacy and security regulations which were outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The ARRA imposes substantial modifications in four main areas: 1) HIPAA statutory requirements; 2) Increased enforcement of HIPAA; 3) Provisions to address health information held by entities not covered by HIPAA; and 4) Other changes including administrative changes, studies, reports and educational initiatives. This article takes a look at the provisions for entities that are not currently covered by HIPAA, as well as other miscellaneous changes made by the [...]

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ARRA 2009: Privacy & Security Changes – Part II

This article takes a look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which created some significant changes to privacy and security regulations which were outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The ARRA imposes substantial modifications in four main areas: 1) HIPAA statutory requirements; 2) Increased enforcement of HIPAA; 3) Provisions to address health information held by entities not covered by HIPAA; and 4) Other changes including administrative changes, studies, reports and educational initiatives. This article takes a look at the modifications the ARRA made to HIPAA [...]

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ARRA 2009: Privacy & Security Changes – Part I

This article takes a look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which created some significant changes to privacy and security regulations which were outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The ARRA imposes substantial modifications in four main areas: 1) HIPAA statutory requirements; 2) Increased enforcement of HIPAA; 3) Provisions to address health information held by entities not covered by HIPAA; and 4) Other changes including administrative changes, studies, reports and educational initiatives. This article takes a look at the modifications the ARRA made to HIPAA statutory requirements around privacy and [...]

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Data Breaches Cost US Hospitals $6 Billion Annually

The 2010 Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The study revealed that data breaches were costing hospitals across the US up to $6 billion each year. Breaches of patient information are largely undetected by the organization, due to lack of priority, resources, preparation and staffing for privacy and security [...]

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