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California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act vs. HIPAA

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Understanding the HiTrust Certification Process

Patient health information is governed by robust rules that determine how this data is handled, stored, and accessed. Federal laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and various state laws strengthen patient rights. HIPAA set a baseline for regulatory compliance with patient health information. Under the “preemption” language in the rule, no state may create less effective or weaker medical privacy protection for individuals.  However, states can exceed HIPAA regulations and institute more stringent requirements. One example of this is the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), which has greater standards of protection of privacy than HIPAA.  Typically, in conflicts between federal and state rules, the federal rule is the governing requirement. But there is…

4 Steps to Ensure HIPAA Compliance

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Get started with HIPAA Compliance

4 Steps to Ensure HIPAA Compliance If your business deals with healthcare providers or healthcare data, chances are you’ve heard of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. If you have to be HIPAA compliant, here are some easy ways to get started. 1. Learn the Basics. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for HIPAA administration, and they publish a great resource called “HIPAA for Professionals”. In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) added additional controls that intended to promote the use of technology. With this in mind, it’s important that the HIPAA security officer understand the security standards for which they are responsible.  2. Identify Who…

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