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

11hr1ENR.pdf" target="_new">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.

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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 '/>"/>

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