The Definition of Breach

This posting is one of several that outline the HITECH privacy provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, in Denver, CO. Here, we reproduce the definitions that appear in Subtitle D—Privacy, Section 13400. Definitions, that appear in the Conference Report on page H1345 of Congressional Record—House, February 12, 2009. These definitions are critical in understanding the content of the new HITECH privacy provisions and how they relate to existing HIPAA Administrative Simplification Privacy Rule standards. HIPAA Privacy Definitions: BreachBusiness AssociateCovered EntityDisclosureElectronic Health RecordHealth Care Operations Health Care ProviderHealth PlanNational CoordinatorPaymentPersonal Health RecordProtected Health Information SecretarySecurityStateTreatmentUseVendor Of Personal Health…

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Is Your Covered Entity Preparing for 5010/D.0 Testing? Part 2: Level 2 Testing

On March 17, 2009, the Final Rules for Modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) become effective. HIPAA.com has available for download the final rules for 5010/D.0 as published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009 (pp.3295-3328). The effective date is “the date that the policies set forth in this final rule take effect, and new policies are considered to be officially adopted.” [p.3302]. All covered entities are to be in compliance with 5010/D.0 on January 1, 2012. Testing can occur “from the date of the final rule until the compliance date for Versions 5010 and D.0.” [p. 3306] The Final Rules outline two levels of…

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Is Your Covered Entity Preparing for 5010/D.0 Testing? Part 1: Level 1 Testing

On March 17, 2009, the Final Rules for Modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) become effective. HIPAA.com has available for download the final rules for 5010/D.0 as published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009 (pp.3295-3328). The effective date is “the date that the policies set forth in this final rule take effect, and new policies are considered to be officially adopted.” [p.3302]. All covered entities are to be in compliance with 5010/D.0 on January 1, 2012. Testing can occur “from the date of the final rule until the compliance date for Versions 5010 and D.0.” [p. 3306] The Final Rules outline two levels of…

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Information Access Management: Access Authorization-What to Do and How to Do It

In our series on the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Security Rule, this is the second implementation specification for the Administrative Safeguard Standard (Information Access Management). This implementation specification is addressable.  Remember, addressable does not mean “optional.”  Rather, an addressable implementation specification means that a covered entity must use reasonable and appropriate measures to meet the standard.  Further, as we have noted in a posting last week, with enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, business associates also will be required to comply with the Security Rule standards, effective February 17, 2010. What to Do Implement policies and procedures for granting access to electronic protected…

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Information Access Management: Isolating Healthcare Clearinghouse Functions-What to Do and How to Do It

In our series on the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Security Rule, this is the first implementation specification for the Administrative Safeguard Standard (Information Access Management). This implementation specification is required. What to Do If a healthcare clearinghouse is part of a larger organization, the clearinghouse must implement policies and procedures that protect the electronic protected health information of the clearinghouse from unauthorized access by the larger organization. Remember, a clearinghouse is defined as a covered entity, but also can serve in the role of a business associate to other covered entities, namely a health plan or healthcare provider. How to Do It This implementation specification is required, but is not likely…

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