LTACHs Should Revise All HIPAA Business Associate Agreements by February 17, 2010

Posted by Jason Greis on December 6, 2009 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

Covered entities (i.e. LTACHs and other healthcare providers), and the business associates that assist them with the performance of functions and activities that involve access to protected health information (“PHI”), are now subject to much greater regulation of their information security practices as a result of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”).  The HITECH Act was included as Title XIII of the Federal economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”), and represents the most expansive modification to the Federal privacy and security rules for health-related businesses since the 1996 enactment of HIPAA. Read More...

LTACHs and other Post-Acute Providers are Not Eligible for Funds to Implement EHR Technology under the HITECH Act

Posted by Jason Greis on August 7, 2009 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

Many LTACHs and other post-acute care providers have inquired whether they are eligible to apply for and receive incentive payments to adopt certified electronic health record (“EHR”) technology under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the “HITECH Act” or the “Act”).  To put it simply, the answer appears to be “no.” Read More...

Stimulus Legislation Expands Privacy Regulation for Health Care Businesses

Posted by Jason Greis on March 2, 2009 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

Health care providers and any businesses that provide information technology services for them will be subject to much greater regulation of their information security practices as a result of a major component of the recent economic stimulus legislation. Known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (or the “HITECH Act”), this portion of the federal economic stimulus package is the most expansive modification to the federal privacy and security rules for health-related businesses since the 1996 enactment of HIPAA. Read More...