HIPAA — Paper Law No More

Law360, New York (October 24, 2011, 4:10 PM ET) -- Critics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have often claimed that it is “paper law” with no real teeth behind it. Until recently, this might have been true; civil and criminal enforcement actions involving HIPAA were few and far between. Yet provisions contained in The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), have strengthened civil and criminal enforcement of HIPAA in several important ways.

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