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What are HIPAA and HITECH?

HIPAA = Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996)
  1. Title I: Health Care Access, Portability, and Renewability protects workers’ health insurance coverage when they lose or change jobs
  2. Title II: Preventing Health Care Fraud and Abuse; Administrative Simplification; Medical Liability Reform requires national standards for electronic health care transactions, national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans and employers
    1. 2.1 Privacy Rule (2000) Regulates the use and disclosure of protected health information held by covered entities
    2. 2.2 Transactions and Code Sets Rule
    3. 2.3 Brief 5010 Transactions and Code Sets Rules Update Summary
    4. 2.4 Security Rule (2003) deals specifically with electronic PHI
    5. 2.5 Unique Identifiers Rule (National Provider Identifier)
    6. 2.6 Enforcement Rule
  3. HITECH Act = Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (2009). HITECH extends HIPAA’s Privacy and Security rules to cover:
    • Business Associates of Covered Entities
    • Updated Criminal and Civil Liabilities to Business Associates
    • New Breach Notification requirements
    • Limits time-frame to Jan 1, 2013 for companies implementing EHR

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