Outlines HIPAA Security Work
(April 28, 2004) The deadline for meeting
the HIPAA security rule is a year away and that's about how much time many
health care organizations will need to get ready, according to a new report
from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based accreditation firm.
The report lays out a timetable of tasks covered entities should perform between now and the security rule deadline of April 21, 2005. It walks organizations through these steps, points out "dos" and "don'ts" and specific challenges, and offers a series of recommendations.
William Braithwaite, M.D., an independent consultant who serves on some URAC accreditation committees, calls the report a "must read" for health care professionals. Braithwaite formerly served as senior advisor on health information policy at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Full text of the 28-page report, "An Assessment of HIPAA Security Preparedness: Most Health Care Organizations Remain Noncompliant," is available at www.urac.org.
Posted to HIPAAcomply 4/29/03