Monday, March 8, 2010

Proposed HITECH rule for business associates will come soon, says OCR lawyer

An OCR lawyer tells HIPAA Update the HIPAA privacy and security enforcer will release a proposed rule regarding business associate (BA) provisions in HITECH “shortly.”

Adam H. Greene, Office of the General Counsel for OCR, wrote in an e-mail to Update that OCR’s rulemaking will elaborate on the expected date of compliance surrounding the rule.

Per HITECH, BAs had to be compliant with the HIPAA Security Rule and the use and disclosure provisions of the privacy rule by February 17 and had to enter into an updated agreement with their covered entities.
MIAOULIS NOTE: This article comes to us from our friends at HIPAA Update, a great resource for HIPAA/HITECH information.

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