Your Quick Start Guide to ARRA

Tue, Jun 16, 2009

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ARRAAAAAGH! New law gives HIPAA sharper teeth.

You’ve got some new things on your to-do list, HIT pros. The byzantine stimulus package passed earlier this year has some new HIPAA requirements tucked away here and there. Here’s what our technology & attorney experts are saying about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Wake-up call: You bear the IT compliance burden even if a third party installs and maintains your system. Even smaller health care organizations are responsible for ensuring the same privacy protections as larger places that have their own IT departments, says Jim Sheldon-Dean, founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems in Vermont.

Stricter notifications: Under ARRA, you must notify patients “without unreasonable delay” and in no case later than 60 calendar days after you discover that unsecured electronic health information was improperly “accessed, acquired or disclosed.”

Recent preliminarily guidance

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