Tuesday, November 9, 2004
The GAO published a recent study of organizations representing providers and health plans and reported that implementation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule went more smoothly than exected furing the first year of required compliance. Some organizations did complain that certain provisions of the Privacy Rule were unnecessarily burdensome, such as the requirement for accounting for certain dsiclosures and the reuaiment to enter into business associate agreemente. The GAO also found that the general pbulic isnot well informed about their rights under the Privacy Rule. To read the GAO report, "Health Information: First Year Experiences Under the Federal Privacy Rule" (GAO-04-965), go to: http://www.healthlawyers.org/doc/ask2004/GAO04965.pdf.
Thanks to Orly Rumberg, Esq., Schwartz, Manes & Ruby for this HIPAA update.