New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill (S.562) into law on January 9, 2015 that will impose a standard more stringent than HIPAA on health insurance carriers authorized (i.e., licensed) to issue health benefits plans in New Jersey.  Effective August 1, 2015, such carriers will be required to secure computerized records that include certain

In accordance with the 90-day deadline established for an operating plan to be submitted to Congress on expenditures related to the $2 Billion Dollars appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA") relating to health information technology ("HIT"), the Office of the National Coordinator ("ONC") has submitted its proposed ARRA Implementation Plan to Congress. The Plan’s proposed Funding Table

On December 15, 2008, the Division of Consumer Affairs ("DCA") published its Notice of Pre-Proposed Rule for "Identity Theft, Written Security Programs and Violations."  Comments to the Pre-Proposed Rule are due February 13, 2009.

The pre-proposed Subchapter 3 seeks to require every business and every public entity to implement a comprehensive written information security "program" that includes

The National Health Information Network (NHIN) may get information moving as early as the first quarter of 2009.  In its December 16th Press Release, the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicates that it will begin receiving medical records for some disability applicants via the "MedVirginia" health information exchange (HIE) based in Richmond.  

SSA and MedVirginia were also among

Assemblyman Herb Conaway introduced legislation (A 3368) today that would establish an electronic Health Information Technology ("e-HIT") Fund to be used to implement the objectives of the Statewide health information technology plan.  The Bill proposes that beginning April 1, 2009, and on a quarterly basis thereafter, each health care payer will pay a "technology reinvestment fee"

Health Data Management reported yesterday that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will commit up to $500,000 to help select hospitals in its New Jersey network adopt electronic medication history technology.  This would give physicians real-time medication histories when patients check into a hospital or emergency department.  Under the program, Horizon will pay for

On May 13th, the Office of the Governor announced several direct appointments to the New Jersey Health Information Technology (NJ-HIT) Commission, and I am extremely pleased to pass along that I have been appointed to the attorney seat on the Commission.  I look forward to bringing my experience and enthusiasm to the table, and contributing to the success of the Commission’s goals.

The NJ-HIT

Last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) added a new data section on its Compliance and Enforcement Web Site.  The new section can be viewed at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/enforcement/data.html.  The public can now access enhanced information about several aspects of OCR’s enforcement program, including:

  • Charts showing state-specific case investigation results;
  • Calendar-year enforcement-results graphs and charts;
  • Calendar-year graph showing