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Newsletter February 2013

Greetings!

On January 17, 2013, a very important new piece of legislation was finalized. There are now new rules and regulations that make significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security act and HITECH. This was titled Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, enforcement and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act . These new rules and regulations affect both healthcare providers and businesses which offer health insurance to their employees. Some of those changes are a new risk analysis must be done, along with several changes in policies and procedures along with sweeping differences in how Business Associates are treated.

The rule becomes effective on March 26 and compliance is required by September 23.

Time is of the essence. Health care providers' and businesses' policies and procedures must be revised and their workforce trained with changes. Entities must also demonstrate with documentation compliance with the final rules. New Business Associate Agreements must be drafted and signed.

We at Karen McKeithen Schaede Attorney at Law, PLLC are experts in HIPAA and HITECH. Because of our knowledge and skill, we are able to provide you with all required changes and updates to protect your business. We can provide all aspects of compliance, including drafting policies and training staff.

Contact our office to schedule a risk assessment. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Karen McKeithen Schaede Attorney at Law, PLLC

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