Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
What is HITECH?
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 strengthened the privacy provisions of HIPAA and expanded their applicability to Business Associates of Covered Entities. It also bolstered the federal government's ability to enforce HIPAA with significant and tiered penalties and fines. It established detailed reporting requirements and patient notification rules that Covered Entities must follow when breaches of patient protected health information occur.
HITECH changed many elements of what needs to be in each practice's HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance manuals. The Academy has developed sample HIPAA Privacy and Security manuals which have been updated for HITECH and specifically adapted for pediatric practices.
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