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Subject: Do you think there will be an increased focus on enforcing HIPAA?
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itc-dknight
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07/11/2006 4:30 PM Alert 
Hi Rebecca,
Do you think there will be an increased focus on enforcing HIPAA?

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RebeccaHerold
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07/12/2006 1:23 PM Alert 
I did a blog posting on this topic on June 6.

Many of the providers and payers I've spoken with have indicated the "HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Enforcement; Final Rule" that became effective March 16 2006 has eased their concerns about trying to reach or stay in compliance; the attitude with many now seems to be that they will do something after they have been caught out of compliance and told they have to do something.

Many privacy groups, however, are pushing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to start doing more.

A law without enforcement actions removes motivation for compliance. So, even though the Enforcement Rule initially has dampened the efforts of CEs to comply with the law, I anticipate that down the road the HHS (through the OCR and the CMS) will step up their enforcement efforts...the honeymoon time since the Privacy Rule and Security Rule went into effect should be over by now.

I will actually be discussing this topic in August with my HIPAA Thinktank group; I will record as a podcast to this site. Check it out then to hear the thoughts of other HIPAA experts about this topic.
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