Prime Healthcare Settles Suit

This article introduces the case against Prime Healthcare, an Ontario-based company that owns and operates hospitals in the United States. In 2012, the company was accused of violating patient privacy. On June 11, 2013, Prime Healthcare announced that it would pay $275,000 to settle the federal [...]

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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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