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MCIC Press Release

June 26, 2009

HITECH Act to be Subject of New Audio Webcast
July 9, 2009 At 1:30 PM EDT

MANASQUAN, NJ --  June 26, 2009: "How to Insure Your Organization Complies With the Sweeping New Changes and More Stringent HIPAA and Privacy Rules Under the New HITECH Act," an audio webcast covering the key provisions of the recently enacted law has been scheduled Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 1:30 pm. 

The program aims to serve healthcare privacy, information security, HIPAA compliance officers, and other health and managed care executives involved in or administratively responsible for health information technology. 

All healthcare providers need to be aware of the changes brought on by this new law. Among the changes, the HITECH Act requires covered entities and business associates to notify individuals about unauthorized disclosures of "unsecured" protected health information. 

Previously, HIPAA applied only to the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information (known as "protected health information") by health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses (known collectively as "covered entities"). 

But under the HITECH Act, among the most far reaching provisions of ARRA are those that apply several of HIPAA's security and privacy requirements to business associates. In addition, business associates will be subject to civil and criminal penalties and enforcement proceedings for violations of HIPAA.

The program presentation will be by Gina M. Kastel, a partner with the law firm of Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis. 

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  • Review of the important, new and far-reaching provisions concerning the privacy and security of health information that will materially and directly affect more entities, businesses and individuals in more diverse ways than ever before.
  • Review of the key provisions and changes contained in the HITECH Act
  • HITECH Act Breach Notification Provisions
  • Business Associate Changes
  • Stronger Rights for Individuals
  • Securing PHI
  • Best Practices
  • The what and why of the Expanded Civil Monetary Penalties and Enforcement
  • How to secure protected health information as defined in the new guidance
  • The methodologies to secure protected health information by making it unusable, unreadable or indecipherable to unauthorized persons: encryption and destruction.
  • Implications of the HITECH Act and its authorization of each state attorney general (AG) for the first time to begin pursuing civil actions for HIPAA privacy and security violations that have threatened or adversely affected a resident of the AG's respective state
  • Impact of the Expanded Applicability of The HITECH Act as it now directly obligates business associates to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule's administrative, physical and technical safeguard requirements, including developing and implementing comprehensive written security policies and procedures with respect to the protected health information (PHI) that they handle
  • New Privacy and Security Requirements including the Security Breach Notification Requirements
  • Complying with an Individual’s Requested Restrictions
  • Access Rights to Electronic Format under the HIPAA Privacy Rule changes
  • Live Question and Answer Session

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