Tag Archives: HITECH Act

House Panels Advance Medicare Policy Bills, including Hike in Civil/Criminal Penalties

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has approved the following seven bipartisan bills addressing the Medicare Part B program: HR 3245, which would significantly increase various Medicare civil and criminal penalties under sections 1128A and 1128B of the Social Security Act, which sponsors note have not been updated in 20 years. Maximum penalties … Continue Reading

HHS Update on HIT Activities

CMS and ONC have posted a fact sheet that details progress HHS has made in promoting the growth of health information technology since the enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH). The fact sheet addresses, among other things, statistics on participation in the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs and electronic … Continue Reading

Recent Reed Smith Analyses of Sunshine Act Rule, ACA Qualified Health Plans, HITECH Final Rule

In case you missed them, Reed Smith attorneys have recently prepared the following Client Alerts on major regulatory issues: “CMS Physician Payment "Sunshine" Final Rule — Overview and Analysis”; “ACA Affordable Insurance Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans”; and   “The HITECH Final Rule: New Privacy/Security Rules of the Road Finally Here.” … Continue Reading

The HITECH Final Rule: New Privacy/Security Rules of the Road Finally Here

This post was also written by Salvatore G. Rotella, Jr., Elizabeth D. O’Brien, and Zachary A. Portin. On January 25, 2013, the HHS Office for Civil Rights published its long-awaited final rule implementing major changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules mandated by the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical … Continue Reading

It’s Here: OCR Releases Long Awaited HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule

The Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") of the Department of Health and Human Services released today the long awaited, and much anticipated, omnibus final rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach and Enforcement Rules. The final rule, which implements the statutory requirements of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH") and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA"), is comprised of four final rules and addresses the July 2010 HITECH proposed rule, the Breach Notification and Enforcement interim final rules, as well as the October 2009 GINA proposed rule (collectively, the "HITECH Final Rule"). Notably, the HITECH Final Rule does not address the May 2011 proposed accounting and access report rule.… Continue Reading

Awaiting the Final HITECH Rule: HURRY UP AND WAIT!

As the year draws to a close, industry is speculating about the release date of the long-awaited Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) final rule, which is expected to address modifications to the Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules. While the publication date has not yet been announced, it is … Continue Reading

ONC Invites Comments on Nationwide Health Information Network Governance

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is inviting comments on a governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network under the HITECH Act. ONC seeks input on a range of topics, including: creation of a voluntary program under which entities that facilitate electronic health information exchange could be validated on … Continue Reading

New HITECH/HIPAA Proposed Rule Released

On July 8, 2010, the HHS released its proposed rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules to implement the privacy, security, and certain enforcement provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The proposed modifications to the HIPAA … Continue Reading
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