HHS Breach Notification Form On line

October 6, 2009 at 6:40 pm 2 comments

The Hunton & Williams privacy and security blog has been very active recently.   It covers a wide range of issues of interest to many industries.     Last Friday, they noted that the Department of Health and Human Services had added the on-line form for breach notifications.  

For all of you worried about the burden of reporting a breach, take a look at the form.   It’s not onerous and should take only a few minutes to complete.   Of course, the real issue is having a plan for notifying affected individuals.  Unfortunately, that’s not something an online form can handle for you.

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  • 1. Mark Jacobs  |  February 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    164.408 of the HITCH Act requires (pharmacy) providers to maintain a log of breaches of protected health information and submit it to the “secretary” annually. Do you have a log for health care providers to use?
    To whom should the annual letter be sent?

    Thank you,
    Mark

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    • 2. vendorcompliance  |  February 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      Mark — my understanding is that you still submit a separate notice for breaches affecting less than 500 people, you just don’t have to submit them as they occur. However, the HHS hasn’t provided a log form to roll it into one submission, so they have an online form similar to the large scale breach notification that takes the breach information one at a time. Here’s the page with the form and instructions.

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