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MGMA Details HIPAA Concerns

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 25, 2010

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) believes that expanding HIPAA disclosure requirements is burdensome and will hinder electronic health record (EHR) adoption, InformationWeek reports. In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, MGMA called for significant modifications to the new HIPAA disclosure requirements, stating that they run "counter to the nation's efforts to improve patient care and reduce waste and inefficiency." Meanwhile, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has shared its "lessons learned" after addressing HITECH notification requirements for a breach that affected nearly one million customers. The company's actions include improved server protection with added encryption and appointing a chief security officer.
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