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HIPAA Disclosures for Public Health Activities

Posted in Public Health

Federal health information regulators recently clarified that HIPAA permits certain uses and disclosures for public health activities without patient authorization. A fact sheet released December 20 by the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology explains a number of hypothetical scenarios in which… Continue Reading

HIPAA Security Risk Analysis: Fact or Fiction?

Posted in Meaningful Use, Security

Leading up to the recent compliance date for the Final HIPAA Rule, much was made about the need for providers to perform a security risk analysis.  Quite a bit of dialogue around the increased security compliance obligations centered on the security risk analysis as a foundational requirement of HIPAA.   Although this is not a new requirement, heightened… Continue Reading

HIPAA Final Rule Status Update

Posted in Rulemaking

We reported a few months back that the end of June was the anticipated timeframe for the issuance of the final HIPAA rule.  Recent comments from federal officials indicate that this might be a bit optimistic. At the annual Safeguarding Health Information:  Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for… Continue Reading