Hey! Who said Richard Blumenthal could enforce HIPAA Security Law?
Answer: The (Sweeping) HITECH Act, last February 2009. As now being widely reported, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has filed a lawsuit against Health Net of Connecticut, naming UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Oxford Health Plans, LLC as well, HealthNet alleging failed to secure patient medical records and financial information prior to a security breach. Among other big changes, The HITECH Act significantly strengthens enforcement in three key ways: 1. Penalties are increased in the new Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) System 2. Enforcement is more proactive, more punitive and by more parties, including State Attorneys General 3. Additional audit authority is now provided to HHS to audit CEs and BAs Primarily due to decentralized oversight and enforcement, the original version of the HIPAA Security Rule was essentially ignored since its inception. However, all of that is changing as a result of the updates included in ARRA and more specifically HITECH. We would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below! Benefit from our expertise… enjoy our full set of HIPPA-HITECH FAQs. Attend our Complimentary Webinars on data protection, online data backup and recovery and data security. Register today! Stay on Top of HIPAA-HITECH Data Security Discover Top Secrets and Tips to Keep Your Data Secure – Backed Up – RESTORABLE. Subscribe to RSS Feed of This Blog Follow me on Twitter Become a Fan on FaceBook Join our LinkedIn Group