Business Associates Enforcement

Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as... more +
Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as business associates have expanded data protection obligations and duties. Essentially, a business associate under HIPAA is a person or entity that performs certain functions or services which necessitates exposure to protected health information on behalf of a covered entity. Typical business associate functions include: claims processing or administration, data analysis, billing, etc.    less -
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Pressure Points: OCR Enforcement Activity in 2014

During 2014, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services initiated six enforcement actions in response to security breaches reported by entities covered by the Health Insurance...more

OCR to Begin Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will soon begin a second phase of audits (Phase 2 Audits) of compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)...more

Health Law Alert: The Deadline for Amending Business Associate Agreements is Quickly Approaching

A key change from 2013’s HITECH “Omnibus” Rule was a requirement that Business Associate Agreements (“BAAs”) be modified to reflect revisions to HIPAA regulations. When the rule was issued on January 25, 2013, Covered...more

Business Associate Definition Expanded and HHS Empowered to Impose New Civil Fines

Long-awaited omnibus regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made significant modifications impacting “business associates” to...more

Final HIPAA Regulations Impact Group Health Plans

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) sets forth rules to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information that is held by “covered entities,” such as group health plans....more

Highlights of the Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule

On January 25, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited omnibus final regulation governing health data privacy, security and enforcement (Omnibus...more

OCR Issues Final Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to Implement the HITECH...

On January 25, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule (Final Rule) containing modifications to the privacy standards (Privacy Rule), security...more

Expanding The Reach Of HIPAA Data Security And Privacy Requirements

In this information technology era, it is little wonder that the Obama Administration has made enforcement of data security and privacy protections a top priority. The enforcement emphasis reflects public opinion favoring...more

Final HIPAA Regulations: What's Changed (and What Hasn't) for Group Health Plans

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) has issued final regulations modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy, Security, Breach...more

Now Is The Time To Revise Your Business Associate Agreements and Notice of Privacy Practices

There is a lot of confusion among providers caused by therecent publication of new rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). On January 25, 2013, the HIPAA final omnibus rule...more

A Detailed Analysis of Changes to HIPAA and the Implications for Healthcare Providers and Others in the Healthcare Industry: HIPAA...

Changes to the HIPAA Enforcement Rule - Background: On October 30, 2009, HHS issued an interim final rule revising the Enforcement Rule to incorporate provisions of the HITECH Act. The NPRM then proposed a number of...more

What Do Employers Really Need to Know About the New HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Final Rule?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act Omnibus Rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 25, makes many changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule,...more

Burr Alert: New HIPAA Rules Issued: “Sweeping” Changes For Healthcare Providers And Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its long awaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for healthcare providers and their business associates (the...more

Breaking Down The HIPAA Changes: Part 1 Of 5 What Covered Entities And Business Associates Need To Do To Comply With The Final...

In This Issue: - Brief Overview of Key Modifications in the Final Rule - Suggested Action Items for Compliance with the Final Rule ..Covered Entities ..Business Associates - Consequences of Noncompliance...more

New HIPAA Omnibus Rule Implementing Provisions Of The HITECH Act: An Overview Of Changes

Final implementing regulations for many provisions of the HITECH Act (Health Insurance Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) were issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently, and appeared...more

HHS Releases Final Rule Expanding HIPAA

On January 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), released for preview their long-anticipated omnibus regulation to implement the statutory...more

HIPAA and HITECH Privacy and Security Rule Update: Final Omnibus Rule

The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published today the much anticipated final omnibus rule implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health...more

Final Regulations Address Privacy and Security of Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations last week that modify many aspects of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and...more

OCR Issues Long-Awaited Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Significant Changes for Business Associates and Breach Analysis

The wait is finally over. On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued the final “omnibus” rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification...more

A Comprehensive Summary of the Final Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Key Provisions and What They Mean for You

Executive Summary - On January 25, 2013, the Federal Register will publish final omnibus rules written by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to modify the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach...more

HHS Finalizes Comprehensive Modifications to HIPAA Regulations in Omnibus Final Rule

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) released in pre-publication form the rule commonly known as the “HIPAA Omnibus Rule,” which we refer to below as the...more

HHS Issues Final Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rule

On January 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the long-awaited omnibus final rule (the Rule) implementing changes in current regulations under the Health...more

New Omnibus Rule Released: HIPAA Puts on More Weight

On Jan. 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited “Omnibus Rule,” which amends the administrative simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...more

HHS Overhaul of HIPAA: Summary of New Obligations for Covered Entities and Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules [PDF] (the Final Rule) under the authority of the HITECH...more

One Week to Get Business Associate Agreements Executed Under HIPAA Omnibus Rule’s Grandfather Clause

On Jan. 17, 2013, the long-awaited HIPAA “Omnibus Rule” went on display at the Federal Register, finalizing changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules....more

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