HITECH And Federal Breach Notification Rules

Law360, New York (June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- When President Obama signed into law The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”) on Feb. 17, 2009, the measure received a lot of attention for its tax and spending provisions, however, the legislation also makes very significant changes to certain aspects of health care regulation, in particular, the privacy and security of health information.

Title XIII of ARRA, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act[1] (the “HITECH Act”) dedicates $22 billion in federal funding to advance the utilization of health information...
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