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Stimulus Package Includes New HIPAA Security Rules




Stimulus Package Includes New HIPAA Security Rules
Stimulus Package Includes New HIPAA Security Rules



http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/publications/news/news-now/government-medicine/20090318hipaa-security-rules.html 

By Sheri Porter
AAFA News Now
3/18/2009

The recently passed federal stimulus package includes changes to federal 
health information privacy and security provisions under the Health 
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, that will affect 
physician practices. According to health care policy experts, however, 
the extent of that impact remains to be seen.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health, or 
HITECH, Act, which is intended to promote widespread adoption of health 
IT, was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 
2009, (Page 144; 407-page PDF; About PDFs) which was signed into law on 
Feb. 17.

According to provisions in the legislation, physicians now will be 
required to track any disclosure of a patient's medical information. 
Previous regulations allowed physicians to disclose patient information 
for the purpose of treatment, payment or health care operations, but 
they were not required to track when that information was disclosed.

However, the new legislation requires physicians who use an electronic 
health record, or EHR, to "have the ability to track every time 
(patient) information has been disclosed," said Robert Tennant, a senior 
policy advisor for the Colorado-based Medical Group Management 
Association, or MGMA.

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