What is the HITECH ACT?
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Why is the HITECH ACT important? The HITECH Act was created to motivate the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) and supporting technology in the United States. President Obama signed HITECH into law on February 17, 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), an economic stimulus bill.
The HITECH Act of 2009 anticipated the expansion in the exchange of electronic protected health information (ePHI) between doctors, hospitals, and other entities that store ePHI for the sole reason of cutting down on the cost of healthcare by sharing. The HITECH Act of 2009 expanded the scope of privacy and security protections available under HIPAA by increasing the potential legal liability for non-compliance and it providing for more stringent enforcement. The HITECH Act specifies that by the beginning of 2011, healthcare providers will be given monetary incentives for being able to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). These monetary incentives will be offered until 2015, after which time penalties will be levied for failing to demonstrate such use. Many of the HITECH Act’s requirements became effective 12 months from the date of enactment.
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WAJ Diversity Policy
The Wisconsin Association for Justice recognizes that diversity in the United States has led to unprecedented ingenuity, creativity and cultural development. WAJ also recognizes that having diversity in its membership, program offerings and projects will make it a stronger organization, better able to accomplish its mission. WAJ therefore has adopted and implemented this Diversity Policy.
For purposes of this policy, diversity is defined as including race, ethnicity, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), gender, age, different physical abilities and other individual differences.
WAJ diversity goal: WAJ will strive to make its membership more diverse to reflect the communities we serve and seek justice for all.
To reach its diversity goal, WAJ will:
- Adopt and share the WAJ diversity policy with all members by the end of 2020.
- Beginning in 2021, at each seminar, have at least one speaker who will address issues of diversity, inclusion, equity or marginalization and / or a panel of speakers who represent the diversity in our communities.
- No later than the end of 2021, develop and share a model diversity policy that can be adopted by member firms.
- Support the WAJ diversity committee in its development of a minimum of one project per year which will promote the increase the number of lawyers of diversity in member firms and in WAJ.
- Develop a mentorship and leadership program.
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