The Wagner Law Group Description
Wagner Law Group, A Professional Corporation, is a nationally
recognized ERISA & employee benefits, estate planning,
employment, labor & human resources practice.
in 1996, The Wagner Law Group has 19 attorneys engaged exclusively in
planning and employment law. Five of our attorneys are AV rated
by Martindale-Hubbell as having very high to preeminent legal
abilities and ethical standards. The firm is among the largest ERISA
boutiques in the country. Our practice is national in scope, with
clients in more than 40 states and several foreign countries.
Wagner Law Group
Fax: (561) 293-3591
7121 Fairway Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Francisco, CA 94104
July 19, 2012
State and Federal Law
After completing a pilot
program for conducting audits under the Health Information Technology
for Economic and Clinical Health ("HITECH") Act, the
Department of Health and Human Services' has developed an Audit
Protocol for HIPAA compliance, which it has made available to the
public. The Audit Protocol covers three of the main areas of HIPAA
rules that include national standards to protect individuals'
personal health information and give individuals increased
access to their medical records;
notification procedures when there has been a "security
breach" due to unsecured Protected Health Information; and
rules to protect the confidentiality, integrity, availability,
transmission and storage of electronic medical information.
The Audit Protocol is
a guide to the compliance requirements that will be assessed through
the audit. It is helpfully divided into 2 sections:
Privacy and Breach section, with 88 "established
performance criteria" that must be met to satisfy HIPAA;
Security section, with 77 points of "established
performance criteria" available for audit.
Covering everything from
notices of privacy practices for Protected Health Information to
security requirements for administrative, physical, and technical
safeguards of data, the Audit Protocols make an excellent guide for
an employer's "self-study" of HIPAA compliance.
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