HIPAA Final Rule: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Definitions

February 15, 2013.  Today, we present several new definitions relating to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which addressed the application of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to genetic information.  The definitions are in the Final Rule:  Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act [HITECH Act] and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications of the HIPAA Rules, which was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013.  The effective date of the Final Rule is March 26, 2013, and covered entities and business associates must comply by September 23, 2013. The Final Rule states: …

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How Should We Run Background Checks on Our Staff?

Clearance and Background Checks is an addressable standard under HIPAA’s Security Rule, which means that your organization may authorize a background check for any new employee or existing workforce member who engages in activities that cause the Security Official to question clearances. As part of your compliance activities, you already determined the risks your workforce presents to your practice, and you assigned one person to own/manage this risk As part of your clearance procedures, determine which of the following you will do: » Require a written application for employment. » Require written proof of citizenship or resident alien status. » Confirm prior employment history. » Request professional/personal references and contact…

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