CMS Keeping Tabs on HIPAA Violations on ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice describing a new records system designed to store the results of regional investigations into complaints alleging violations of HIPAA’s transactions and code sets, security and unique identifier provisions, AHA News Now reported.

The Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) is charged with overseeing compliance in those areas. OESS has procured a contractor to maintain the database, according to the notice.

Authorized under HIPAA, the HIPAA Information Tracking System will store data on complaint allegations, information gathered during complaint investigations, and findings and results of investigations, CMS reported. The notice described proposed policies, procedures and restrictions on disclosures of data, and invited comments on the records system.

The notice, which specifies instances in which the government will disclose information stored in the database, is available at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.

via CMS Keeping Tabs on HIPAA Violations on ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals.