Chapter 5: Key Laws in Healthcare Compliance

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Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act

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Title of law: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

Categories:

  • Medical records

  • Privacy

  • Cybersecurity

  • Data Protection

U.S. Code: 42 U.S.C. §§ 17937, 17953

Public law: Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 226

Year enacted: 2009

Major amendments: N/A

Enforcement agency: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Link to full text of law: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/hitechact.pdf

Applies to: All health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, healthcare providers, and endorsed sponsors of the Medicare prescription drug discount card, including business associates that supply services and certain functions for covered entities and have access to personal health information.

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