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Reece Hirsch

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Reece Hirsch's Health Care Privacy Law Blog offers a lively commentary on a wide range of...

The Red Flags Rule: Third Time Is Not The Charm

August 3, 2009  | 
On July 29, the Federal Trade Commission postponed enforcement of the controversial Red Flags Rule for the third time, extending the compliance deadline from August 1 to November 1. Healthcare industry groups have been among the loudest critics of the Red Flags Rule (along with the American Bar Association and the National Retail Federation).

Business Associate Agreements and HITECH: When to Amend?

June 7, 2009  | 
The HITECH Act requires that certain new provisions be included in HIPAA business associate agreements by February 18, 2010.  The problem is that

The PHR Privacy Loophole: Closing Fast?

May 3, 2009  | 
Last week, Modern Healthcare reported that the Mayo Clinic has rolled out a personal health record system using Microsoft's Health Vault PHR

Breach Your Business Associate Agreement and You Violate the Law!

March 4, 2009  | 
In an earlier post, I discussed the HITECH Act provision under the federal stimulus legislation that will require HIPAA business associates to

The Stimulus Plan: Calling All EHR Experts!

February 23, 2009  | 
The HITECH Act provisions of the federal economic stimulus law expand an individual’s right to receive an accounting of disclosures of protected

For HIPAA Business Associates, the Stimulus Is a Game-Changer

February 14, 2009  | 
On Tuesday, when President Obama signs into law The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the federal economic stimulus

The VA And The High Cost of Security Breaches

February 4, 2009  | 
Last week, the Veteran's Affairs Department agreed to pay $20 million to settle class action lawsuits by five veterans groups relating to a 2006

Welcome to the EMR Privacy Debate, President Obama!

January 24, 2009  | 
In a recent speech on his economic recovery plan, President Obama said, "We will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five

OCR Outlines a Framework for Health Information Exchanges

December 26, 2008  | 
On December 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") issued new guidance documents that describe how health care

Data Extortion and the Express Scripts Breach

December 9, 2008  | 
Last month, the PBM Express Scripts announced that it had received an extortion letter threatening to expose millions of patient records stolen


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