HIPAA is no longer the big scary mystery it was in 2003. That's according to Glenna Shaw, writing for HealthLeaders Media. Shaw says a ho-hum attitude toward HIPAA can be attributed to the fact "healthcare organizations know what they have to do to prevent breaches. And they know that some breaches...are nearly impossible to prevent." Shaw says that, despite the infusion of the HITECH Act provisions, which extend privacy rules and create tougher penalties for violations, "there hasn't been a lot of government follow-through," and the "harm threshold" standard in the interim final rule on breach notification, while deeply concerning to some congressmen, is comforting to providers.
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