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FINAL HITECH REGULATIONS ISSUED
Teleconference January 30th
12:30 to 1:30 for Providers
2:30 to 3:30 for Business Associates

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("DHHS") announced the final rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules as required by the HITECH Act. We are still analyzing the rules and commentaries; however, three points are clear: (1) the privacy rule is significantly modified to expand the protections afforded to individuals; (2) as promised by DHHS, Business Associates are now directly liable for non-compliance with certain of the privacy and security regulations; and (3) the Government's ability to enforce the HIPAA regulations is strengthened.

Garfunkel Wild will be hosting a call-in seminar about the new HITECH regulations on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Providers are welcome to join from 12:30 to 1:30, and a separate seminar for Business Associates will be held that same day from 2:30 to 3:30. Space is limited. Please call Moira Murphy at 516-393-2231 for details and registration information.

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In the interim, if you have questions about the regulations, please contact the Garfunkel Wild attorney with whom you normally work.

 

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