Last year Congress enacted healthcare reform legislation in the form of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (combined, now referred to as PPACA or ACA), which pushes the healthcare industry even further in the direction of expanded use of health information technology. HHS is producing many more regulations regarding privacy, security, electronic health records, and operating rules to add value to the administrative transaction and code set standards. Just when we thought that the HIPAA changes had settled in, HIPAA changes are off and running again! These developments will affect most aspects of healthcare and everyone connected professionally with healthcare must understand these changes and what will be required in order both to benefit from and to comply with the new legal requirements.
William R. Braithwaite, MD, PhD“Doctor HIPAA”, Chief Medical Officer, Equifax, HIPAA Summit Distinguished Service Award Winner, Former Senior Advisor on Health Information Policy, DHHS, Washington, DC