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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

Are your HIPAA ducks in a row? The next round of OCR HIPAA audits is approaching

In 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) established the HIPAA Pilot Audit Program to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s privacy, security and breach notification rules. The first...more

Promises of Enhanced HIPAA Enforcement by HHS Illustrated by a Recent Record-Breaking Settlement Agreement and Increased Focus on...

An attorney from the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently disclosed that covered entities could face increased scrutiny for HIPAA violations in 2014. Specifically, the...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

HIPAA Housekeeping - Don't Forget Your Annual Report of Small Breaches

If you are a "covered entity" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") and suffer a breach of protected health information, one of your first reactions should be to count the number of affected...more

HIPAA Task Force – May 2013

In this issue: - What Your Business Needs To Do About Hipaa — Now - Action Items for Covered Entities and Business Associates (including Subcontractors) - Changes Impacting Business Associates (including...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

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

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

Overview of 2013 Amendments to HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules

On January 17, 2013, the federal Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), Office for Civil Rights ("OCR"), issued the long-anticipated final omnibus amendments (the "2013 Amendments") to the Privacy, Security, Breach...more

New HIPAA/HITECH Rules Bring Few Surprises, but Still Call for Sweeping Changes in Compliance Programs

More than two-and-a-half years after issuing proposed regulations under the Health Information Technology for Economical and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, on January 17, 2013, HHS released a series of final changes to its...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

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

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

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

HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Brings “Sweeping Change” to Health Care Industry

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the HIPAA final omnibus rule, which was years in the making. The final rule makes sweeping changes to the HIPAA compliance...more

HIPAA Omnibus Rule Released

At long last, after much delay and speculation, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule has been placed on display at the Federal Register in preparation for formal publication....more

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