Monday 9/13 Deadline To Comment Proposed HITECH Act HIPAA Privacy Rules; 9/14 Meeting Studies Proposed Changes

 9/14 NTHCPA Meeting on Strategies for Managing HIPAA Privacy Compliance After The HITECH Act

Health care providers, payers, healthcare clearinghouses and their businesses associates (Covered Entities) face a Monday, September 13, 2010 deadline to comment on proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on July 8, 2010 in response to amendments enacted under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. If adopted as proposed, the more than 220 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will significantly tighten the requirements that existing Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (Privacy Rule); the Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information (Security Rule); and the rules pertaining to Compliance and Investigations, Imposition of Civil Money Penalties, and Procedures for Hearings (Enforcement Rule) applicable to Covered Entities under HIPAA. With the risks of HIPAA noncompliance highlighted by OCR’s August announcement that drugstore giant RiteAid would pay $1 million to settle OCR charges that it violated the existing HIPAA’s Privacy & Security Rules  and considering , Covered Entities Learn more about Rite Aid Resolution Agreement here. Learn more about Breach Notification Rules here.

The North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association invites health industry compliance professionals share and learn Strategies for Managing HIPAA Privacy Compliance After the HITECH Act by participating in its September 14, 2010 meeting from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. hosted by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C., at One Hanover Park, 16633 North Dallas Parkway, 6th Floor, Addison Room, Addison, Texas 75001.

The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with HIPAA and other privacy and data security, reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. Ms. Stamer also regularly conducts training on HIPAA and other health industry compliance, management and operations matters.  You can get more information about her health industry experience here.  If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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We hope that this information is useful to you. If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872,

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about health industry and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

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