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

ure 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.

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