HIPAA Harm Threshold Works, Say Providers
Dom Nicastro reports:
HHS’ “harm threshold” standard in its interim final rule on breach notification will prevent healthcare organizations from overwhelming patients with unnecessary breach notification responses, according to providers who work with privacy and security.
At the 18th annual National HIPAA Summit Friday, Judi Hofman, CAP, CHP, CHSS, privacy/information security officer for Cascade Healthcare Community at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, OR, and Debbie Mikels, corporate manager, confidentiality for Partners Healthcare System in Boston, said the provision published August 24 in the Federal Register gives covered entities the power to prevent unnecessary notifications.
“If you flood your patients with huge concerns, you’re going to open up a floodgate of problems in your organization where you really may not have had a risk to start with,” Hofman said.
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