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 HIPAA HITECH RESOURCE CENTER
Everything a BA or CE Needs to Know in One Place
 

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 7/2010 - New HIPAA HITECH Rules - Blog Update

 

Slide Deck from
8/25 Webinar
 
  

 
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What BA's and CE's Must Do To Be HIPAA HITECH Compliant

Updated Verbatim friom HHS NPRM Guidance 7/2010:

“We assume that business associates in compliance with their contracts (editor - i.e carrier BA agreements) would have already:

  1. designated personnel to be responsible for
  2. formulating the organization’s
    1. privacy and
    2. security policies,
  3. performed a risk analysis, and
  4. invested in hardware and software to prevent and monitor for
    1. internal and
    2. external breaches of protected health information.”

What is HITECH: The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) significantly expanded the reach of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule, along with the corresponding penalties. 

What does HITECH Do?

  • HIPAA now applies to HIPAA to covered entities (CE) business associates (BAs) directly. 
  • HITECH includes a statutory obligation for BAs to comply with HIPAA.
  • HITECH also requires PHI breach notification, which was not part of the original HIPAA rules. 
  • HITECH also substantially increased the penalties for HIPAA violations

Why HITECH Applies to You – Brokers/agents are BA’s if they have BA agreements with any insurer and/or receive, create, transmit or maintain personal health information (PHI). Census, enrollment, claims info et al are PHI.

Required Compliance Activities Overview - These actvitites need to be done by all BA’s, regardless of size:

  • Appoint a chief privacy/security officer
  • Do a full risk assessment of you business, get a gap analysis and focus on those areas to fix
  • Privacy and Security Policies Documented and in place
  • Implement all HIPAA security administrative, technical and physical safeguards
  • Get encryption in place for all PHI your organization handles and communicates
  • Update/establish business associate agreements with your clients and vendors
  • Conduct privacy and security workforce training
  • Comply with new notification rules for breach of unsecured PHI

New Breach Rules -  HITECH establishes mandatory federal breach reporting requirements for HIPAA CE’s and their BA’s, as well as a new “Tattle” rule which requires BA’s to report their CE’s breaches. It also requires local media notification as mandatory if a breach involves 500 or more lives in one state.

New Enforcement and Penalties - State Attorneys General to can now take legal action on HIPAA privacy/security violations. CT took the first action against Health Net last month.  BAs that violate the security and privacy provisions of HIPAA are subject to the same new and beefed up civil and criminal penalties as a covered entity:

 

Violation

Penalty/Violation

Maximum per Year

Tier A - Did not Know

100

25,000

Tier B - Reasonable cause, not willful neglect

$1,000

100,000

Tier C - “Willful Neglect”, corrected

$10,000

$250,000

Tier D - “Willful Neglect”, uncorrected

$50,000

$1,500,000

Compliance Deadline – Was 2/17/2010. Failure to be compliant will likely be viewed as “willful neglect”. There is no such thing as partial compliance. It is all or nothing for all CE’s and BA’s, not just you.