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Legal Expert: Due Diligence a Key Part of Data Security

September 8, 2010  |  John DeGaspari
New federal requirements under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and recent revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have made it especially important for hospital organizations...

Will MU Objectives Advance Privacy, Security?

July 22, 2010  |  David Raths
At the first meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee following the July 13 publication of the meaningful use Stage 1 final rule, most of the

Web Exclusive Report: Strategizing Around Data Security Vulnerability

July 22, 2010  |  John DeGaspari
Speaking Wednesday at a webinar hosted by, McMillan noted that two final rules issued this month under the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and a proposed rule for a revision to the Health...

Proposed HIPAA Changes Unveiled

July 8, 2010  |  David Raths
On July 8, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights released proposed modifications to the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules under the HITECH Act that will have significant impact on the operations of providers and...

CIO 2.0

January 29, 2010  |  Steve Garske
I see social networking as an extension of my IT department's wholesale efforts over the last two and a half years to improve our hospital's online presence. During an executive leadership meeting about three years ago, our chief of surgery asked us...

Trend: Privacy

January 29, 2010  |  David Raths
Because HIPAA enforcement previously lacked teeth, many healthcare organizations haven't developed the policies and procedures required to prevent data breaches. The ARRA-HITECH Act is about to change all of that. HITECH's security provisions and...

Are You Ready for Feb. 17?

January 6, 2010  | 
A lot of attention has been paid to timelines for achieving meaningful use starting in 2011. But there are some parts of the HITECH Act that will be enforced much sooner. The act became law on Feb. 17, 2009. On its first anniversary, covered entities must comply...

One-on-One with Post & Schell Attorneys Steven Fox & Edward Shay, Part IV

March 31, 2009  | 
My question is, what do you think the government will require in terms of oversight of these programs? Hospitals and physicians will have to prove meaningful use, but will that be a yearly event? Will there be snap inspections like JCAHO does on the pure...


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