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WEBINAR - HITECH: Investigation of Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information (PHI)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

9:00am - 1:00pm

$249 MHA Member Rate
$349 Non-Member Rate

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Title XIII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), includes many provisions that significantly expand the scope, penalties, and compliance challenges of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  The two major components of HITECH are: 1)  a transition from recording and maintaing health information on paper to electronic formats;  and 2) changes to HIPAA that impose significant new requirements on "covered entities" and their business associates to notify patients, the federal government, and the media of breaches of unsecured Protected Health Information (PHI).  Unsecured PHI is PHI that is not rendered unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals through the use of encryption technologies or methods of physical destruction approved by the Secretary of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.  A breach is the acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of unsecured PHI in a manner not permitted under the HIPAA privacy rule, thus compromising the security or privacy of the PHI.

Learn from an expert the highlights of HITECH, how to determine if a breach has occurred, and corrective strategies to ensure HIPAA compliance. 


•  What is HITECH?
•  Definitions
•  To Be or Not to Be . . . a Breach
•  Unsecured PHI
•  Permissible Use/Disclosure (HIPAA) 
•  HITECH Exceptions
•  Risk Assessment
•  Breach Notification
•  Breach Penalties
•  Action Steps



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