Today, February 17, Business Associates Must be in Compliance with HIPAA Security Rule

Today, Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Business Associates of Covered Entities must be able to demonstrate that they are in compliance with administrative, physical, and technical safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule, as required by the HITECH Act, enacted one year ago today as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  In addition, Business Associate Agreements must be rewritten or amended to specifically require a Business Associate’s compliance with the Security Rule as part of its “satisfactory assurances.”  Financial penalties for noncompliance discovered during a compliance audit or complaint investigation could be severe, especially for willful neglect. Here are the appropriate authorities: Section 13401 of Part 1 (Improved…

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New HIPAA/HITECH Act Rules Require Compliance in February

Three new HIPAA/HITECH Act rules go into effect this month: Two weeks from today, on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Business Associates of Covered Entities must comply with the HIPAA Security Rule.  For the first time Business Associates will be regulated by the federal government.  Section 13401 of Subtitle D (Privacy) of the HITECH Act (42 USC 17931) states that “[t]he additional requirements of this title that related to security and that are made applicable with respect to Covered Entities shall also be applicable to such a Business Associate and shall be incorporated into the business associate agreement between the business associate and the covered entity.” [Public Law 111-5, p.260]  In…

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