HITECH is #5 Top Health Law Issue for 2010

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Nationally known law firm McDermott Will and Emory: HITECH is the number 5 item on their top 10 list of Health Law issues for 2010:

The HITECH Act also expanded the reach of HIPAA, extending it to business associates effectiveFebruary 17, 2010, and imposing nationwide notification requirements for breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).  Business associates will also now be directly obligated to comply with the security rule of HIPAA and implement security policies to safeguard electronic PHI.  Increased enforcement of HIPAA, as expanded by the HITECH Act, around breaches of unsecured PHI are anticipated, as foreshadowed by the Connecticut Attorney General’s recent suit against Health Net over the company’s loss of a hard drive holding information on almost 450,000 enrollees.  This is the first time a state attorney general has invoked new authority under the HITECH Act to pursue breaches of personal health information—it is likely not the last.

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