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The new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security requirements, imposed by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act) will have a significant impact on the privacy and security of health care information and on the compliance obligations for affected health care companies. While the health care industry itself struggles to implement these new requirements, the biggest changes may impact HIPAA business associates - the service providers to the health care industry. These companies - for first time - will be covered directly by most of the HIPAA rules.
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