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New Health IT Privacy and Security Guide Issued


On May 9, 2012, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released the "Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information."  The Guide is intended to assist providers with meeting the enhanced privacy and security requirements which must be "attested to" to achieve "Meaningful Use" of an Electronic Health Record.  While oriented to the issues presented to eligible providers, the Guide presents useful information to all providers, including those who do not currently plan to achieve Meaningful Use in the near future.  For a copy of the Guide, please click here.

As you prepare for the upcoming release of the new HIPAA/HITECH regulations within the next few weeks, this Guide can reorient practices to many of the privacy and security issues facing health care providers large and small.  Given the recent enforcement action against Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, a small physician practice which resulted in an extensive corrective action plan and a $100,000 fine, providers must remain vigilant with regard to maintaining a current and compliant privacy and security program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call your Baker Donelson attorney or any of the Firm's privacy and security attorneys listed below:

Washington, D.C.
Alisa L. Chestler 202.508.3475 achestler@bakerdonelson.com

Nashville, Tennessee
Philip S. McSween 615.726.7334 pmcsween@bakerdonelson.com
Steve Wood 615.726.5556 sfwood@bakerdonelson.com

Atlanta, Georgia
Thomas William Baker 404.221.6510 tbaker@bakerdonelson.com
Gina Ginn Greenwood 404.589.0009 ggreenwood@bakerdonelson.com

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Layna S. Cook 225.381.7043 lcook@bakerdonelson.com

New Orleans, Louisiana
Danielle Trostorff 504.566.5224 dtrostorff@bakerdonelson.com



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