April 2012 Volume 8 Number 8

HITECH Task Force Re-Convenes to Address "Megarule"

By John R. Christiansen, Christiansen IT Law, Seattle, WA

AuthorSince the final HITECH “megarule” has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") for final pre-publication review, with a possible publication date in mid-to-late June 2012, the Health Law Section's eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group is re-convening the HITECH Task Force to identify volunteers with the time and willingness to help deliver articles, sample forms, podcasts and webinars covering various aspects of the new rules.

Many members have already contributed to development of some of these deliverables, and we have some draft materials which will need to be updated and finalized.

The new rules are expected to include all of the changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules required by HITECH, the new HITECH enforcement and increased penalty requirements, the final breach notification rule, and HIPAA amendments to deal with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA"). OCR has also indicated it will be releasing implementation guidance.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Simeon Carson, Associate Director, at simeon.carson@americanbar.org.

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