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The proposed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) modification rule is a wake-up call for compliance. That's according to Kirk Nahra, CIPP, a partner at Wiley Rein, who said during an October 29 Health Care Info Security podcast that the modifications "would toughen enforcement and set penalties of up to $1.5 million for violations of the HIPAA privacy and security rules." He said, "this is a good opportunity to revisit your HIPAA compliance efforts to help ensure your organization doesn't get hit with the tougher penalties." The Office for Civil Rights has said the final rules for HIPAA and HITECH could be published by the end of this year or early next year.
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