Health IT Groups Laud Proposed Bill Incentivizing Best Practice Security

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Several health IT industry stakeholder groups have issued support of legislation recently passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The proposed HR 7988 bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to incentivize best practice security for meeting HIPAA requirements.

Specifically, the proposal would amend the HITECH Act to require HHS to take into consideration whether a covered entity or business associate has met recognized security practices when making certain determinations, such as enforcement actions, or for other regulatory purposes.

The HIPAA Safe Harbor bill easily moved from the E&C committee to the Senate and is...

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