New Texas Healthcare Privacy Law

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Starting on September 1, 2012, businesses handling electronic protected health information (ePHI) in Texas will be subject to more stringent data privacy and security regulations and harsher penalties than those imposed by federal HIPAA regulations. Among other things, the new bill, signed into law in June 2011 by Governor Rick Perry, expands on the HIPAA definition of a “covered entity.”

Although the law will not be effective until next fall, Julie Machal-Fulks recommends that you take time this year to revisit your organization’s status under the new law and to determine if your current compliance policies and procedures are sufficient to address any new requirements.

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