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NEW HCFA INTERNET SECURITY POLICY ISSUED
Internet Communications Security and Appropriate Use Policy and Guidelines for HCFA Privacy Act-protected and other Sensitive HCFA Information. Date of Issuance: November 24, 1998.
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Since the first Y2K lawsuit was filed in the summer of 1997, approximately 40 highly publicized lawsuits arising from the Y2K problem have been filed in the United States. Many have been filed in the last few months. Health care providers, payors and HCFA are challenged. Y2K litigation "watchers" predict that these cases are merely the tip of the iceberg.
In YEAR 2000 LITIGATION BASICS, Julie A. Frohlich, Esq. analyzes Y2K litigation initiated thusfar:
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Department of Labor provides information regarding the Y2K problem at:
Department of Labor Y2K Site: The Year 2000 Bug Web page
U.S. Government Working Group on Electronic Commerce - First Annual Report
(November 1998 report at the Secretariat for Electronic Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce Web site)The Emerging Digital Economy II, a new report from the Commerce Department, shows how information technology (IT) is transforming the American economy.
"Operation Cure.all" Targets Internet Health Fraud U.S. Federal Trade Commission Law Enforcement and Consumer Education. Developments in the Law: The Law of Cyberspace, Harvard Law Review

"In years to come, historians may refer to 1998 as the year that the Internet solidified itself as an institution within mainstream American culture. Hardly a day passed without the traditional (but not yet irrelevant) media reporting a major Internet story."

Year 2000 Computing Crisis US General Accounting Office Reports and other GAO Publications

Minnesota Attorney General Internet Warning

Year 2000/Y2K: Challenges for Everyone

Unanticipated Potholes on the Information Superhighway

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Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act
Enacted October 19, 1998 - Download a copy of the Act in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format. The file will take several minutes to open or download - for Reader see below:
Senate Bill 2392 is now Public Law 105-271

Y2K and Health Care: The US Senate Hearings

The US Senate Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem held hearings on July 23, 1998 regarding "The Year 2000 Computer Problem: Will the Health Care Industry Be Ready?". A list of the presenters and the topics discussed is available here in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format. The file will take less than a minute to open or download - for Reader see belos:

"The Year 2000 Computer Problem: Will the Health Care Industry Be Ready?"

You can obtain copies of materials available from the Committee regarding this hearing by contacting the Committee (write to United States Senate, Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem, Washington, DC 20510-6486).


New GAO Information Technology and Health Care Testimony
Statement of Bernice Steinhardt, Director, Health Services Quality and Public Health Issues, Health, Education and Human Services Division, US General Accounting Office,

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MEDICAL RECORDS PRIVACY, Uses and Oversight of Patient Information Research, February 24, 1999
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Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes major changes in the copyright law that can affect health care providers using technology:
Public Law No. 105-304 (October 28, 1998)
See also U.S. Copyright Office Web site: Designation by Service Provider of Agent for Notification of Claims of Infringement, and directory of agents: http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/onlinesp/


HCFA is requiring each contractor to certify, under the normal penalties that apply to false certifications, that it has made all necessary systems changes and has tested its systems in accordance with the guidelines HCFA has established including Y2K compliance. The normal penalties for false certification include criminal and/or civil prosecution as well as appropriate administrative action, not limited to suspension of the contractor from the Medicare program, as well as the termination or nonrenewal of a contract or agreement. Download a copy in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format: Federal Register: December 11, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 238) [Notices] [Page 68464-68465]
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