HHS Announces New Patient Privacy and Security Protections

On January 17, 2013, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the final omnibus rule that among other things (1) increases patient privacy protections; (2) provides individuals with new rights to receive a copy of their electronic medical record in an electronic form; and (3) provides individuals with the right to instruct their provider not to share their information about their treatment with their health plan when they pay in cash. The new rule formally expands patient privacy and security requirements to business associates, contractors and subcontractors. The rule also strengthens the government’s ability to enforce the law with increased penalties for noncompliance based on the level of negligence. Penalties are increased up to a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per violation.

In announcing the new patient privacy protections, HHS Secretary Sebelius recognized that “Much has changed in health care since HIPAA was enacted over fifteen years ago.” “The new rule will help protect patient privacy and safeguard patients’ health information in an ever expanding digital age.”

The 563 page rule can be viewed in the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.  HHS’s announcement of the rule is found at http://www.hhs.gov/news/.

More to follow as we dig deeper into the new privacy and security requirements.


Written by:

Published In:


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Proskauer - Privacy & Data Security | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.