[ Thursday, June 30, 2011 ]
New Texas HIPAA law:
The Texas legislature has passed and the governor signed some new privacy rights provisions
. Basically, it expands the definition of "covered entity" to any person or entity who handles medical information, requires employee training within 60 days of hiring and at least every 2 years, require copies of electronic records within 15 business days of a request, and prohibits the sale of PHI. It also expands the potential fines for a Texas data breach (and could allow for double-dipping on fines: $1.5 million for violating HIPAA, $1.5 million for violating the Texas statute), and makes it a felony to perpetrate identity theft by electronic device when the information or data accessed or stolen is PHI.
Jeff [4:19 PM]
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