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February 2010

What's News

By: Judy F. Minkove
Date: February 4, 2010

Whats News

Seeing Red 

On Feb. 5, people throughout Johns Hopkins Hospital and across the country wore red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease on the American Heart Association’s National Go Red for Women Day.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming the lives of more than half a million women every year. Yet a recent AHA survey showed that fewer than one in 10 women perceived it as their greatest health threat. Johns Hopkins, the top fundraiser for AHA in the Baltimore area, is recipient of more than $6.7 million in cardiovascular research awards.

The Go Red program’s goal is to educate women about how to prevent heart disease and recognize their risk. Donations to the AHA of $5 or more will be accepted in Administration 421. Info: Robin Hunt, 410-502-0937 or

New HIPAA Twist

In response to provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, many vendors are sending out proposed new Business Associate Agreements or proposed amendments to existing Business Associate Agreements, and asking that they be signed and returned.

The Johns Hopkins HIPAA Office is responsible for addressing Business Associate Agreements. DO NOT SIGN these documents; send them to the HIPAA Office at 

The HITECH Act, part of the federal economic stimulus bill adopted and signed into law last February, included a number of new HIPAA privacy requirements. One affected area involves the relationship between HIPAA-covered entities, such as Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, and “business associates” or vendors that use the covered entities’ protected health information to perform services for or on their behalf. Business Associate Agreements govern that relationship and must be submitted to the HIPAA Office.

Info: Johns Hopkins HIPAA Office at 410-735-6502 or