HITRUST, a health industry consortium best known for developing the Common Security Framework of best practices, now has several of its members that will require business associates to follow the framework and document compliance with it.
In a report released in December 2012, the consortium estimated that business associates are implicated in 21 percent of protected health information breaches, accounting for 58 percent of breached records. Now, benefit plans CVS Caremark, Health Care Services Corp., Highmark, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint will require business associates to adopt the CSF best practices and submit assessment reports demonstrating compliance.
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