Piecing apart ARRA

AHIMA has posted reviews of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The law, previously known as the stimulus bill, allots approximately $19 billion to promote the adoption of health IT. It also introduces significant new privacy and security requirements for healthcare entities.

There are two overviews on the AHIMA site: the first on the general provisions of the legislation and the second specifically dedicated to the privacy provisions.

A third review identifies the reports and other submissions the law require from the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies, some of which are due beginning next month.

Provisions in the law will be put into effect over the course of the next two years, with regulations, guidance, and reports still to come. AHIMA offers additional analysis and comments on industry matters at its Advocacy and Public Policy Center.

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