Navigation Links
Public Comment Period Open for HIPAA Privacy and Security Standards
Date:6/18/2009

URAC Seeking Feedback on Revisions to Standards

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to a comprehensive review of its standards, URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, today called for public comment on revisions to its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security standards. URAC welcomes purchasers, policy makers, consumers, health care providers, health care management organizations, health plans, electronic medical records and software companies to review the revised standards and provide feedback now through August 3, 2009.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030501/URACLOGO)

"In order to establish effective standards that protect consumers' most intimate information, URAC wants to leverage the expertise of key stakeholders that can help us better understand current practices and challenges within the industry," said Doug Metz, DC, Chair of URAC's Health Standards Committee (HSC) and Executive Vice President and Chief Health Services Officer for American Specialty Health. "The Health Standards Committee completed its review of the changes last month, and now we want to provide the public an opportunity to comment."

URAC annually considers each one of their over 25 accreditation programs for revision to ensure that any changes to the health care industry, or specific regulations, are reflected in their standards. The Privacy provisions outlined in President Obama's economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), promoted the need for URAC to update its HIPAA Privacy and Security standards to ensure that URAC accredited companies meet the new ARRA privacy provisions, which are either presently, or will be in effect by February 17, 2010.

"We know how difficult it is to navigate all of the requirements for HIPAA compliance," said Bill Braithwaite, Member of URAC's HIPAA Accreditation Committee. "That is why URAC is committed to helping educate our clients and ensuring that by meeting our high quality standards, they are positioned to gain HIPAA compliance. We also want consumers to feel confident sharing their most personal health information. By working with industry leaders to continually improve our standards, we are also giving consumers that degree of security and comfort."

Under the ARRA provisions, business associates, such as attorneys, third party administrators, regional health information exchanges, data analysts, claims processors, or billing benefits managers for health care providers, must also comply with 32 security standards, as well additional privacy standards depending upon their access to electronic protected health information through the services they provide to covered entities such as a health care provider or health plan.

The proposed ARRA revisions also include civil and criminal penalties, which require organizations to provide training on the various penalties, the fine amount and under what circumstances they apply. In addition, ARRA has specific guidelines expanding the enforcement powers of State Attorneys General. Under the new regulations, State Attorneys General will have the authority to work on behalf of state's residents to bring civil actions, stop violations, or obtain monetary damages. Although state action is limited while federal action is pending, this applies to all covered entities, business associates and individuals, with access to private patient information.

The revised URAC HIPAA Privacy and Security standards are available for review and comment at http://www.urac.org/publiccomment/. The deadline for public comment is August 3, 2009. After public comment, additional revisions will be made. Final draft standards and measures are expected to be reviewed by URAC's Board of Directors in October 2009.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE URAC
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Critical Information Network (CiNet(TM)) Launches to Provide eLearning Solutions to Public Safety, Healthcare and Industrial Operations Professionals
2. Governor Pawlenty Targets Teachers, Public Safety and Health Care
3. Online obituaries are changing the way we publicly remember the dead and how newspapers cover deaths
4. Public Opinion on Health Reform Stable and Supportive as Debate Heats Up, But Moveable Too
5. HIVMA supports public plan option to ensure patients needs are met
6. Howard Leight Selects Tiziani Whitmyre for Public Relations Services
7. Anatomy Report Card: Public Gets an F
8. National Medical Association Supports Public Insurance Option
9. Blanchard Schaefer Advertising & Public Relations Wins Healthcare Advertising Awards
10. The Headwear Association Kicks Off the Beginning of Summer With a National Public Awareness Campaign - Hat Day in the Sun
11. ReStart DC Launches Life-Saving Public Access Defibrillation Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A revolution is ... emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require these medical ... the taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put forth ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice ... "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by using the ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... discuss health policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, ... their work on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice ... States, named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm ... Medical Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of ... of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even ... progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... OTTAWA, Ontario , June 27, 2016  VMS ... the Company,s Board will take whatever measures required to ... the Company,s stock which is currently listed on the ... S Wexler, Company Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing ... be difficult to understand, not only by the Company, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Global Blood ... biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment ... today announced the closing of its previously announced ... stock, at the public offering price of $18.75 ... offering were offered by GBT. GBT estimates net ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ALEXANDRIA, Va. , June 24, 2016 ... a set of recommendations that would allow ... information (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage ... determine the "value" of new medicines. The ... that does not appear on the drug label, a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: