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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
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
Businesses subject to HIPAA rules should take note of recent penalties imposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Penalties of more than $1 million each were leveled as a result of Security Rule...more
Office of Civil Rights has released additional guidance addressing the de-identification of protected health information in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Covered entities should review their current...more
Originally published in Compliance Today on December 1, 2012.
..Covered entities are now subject to privacy and security audits by OCR.
..OCR published audit protocols regarding its standards for such...more
HIPAA places tight restrictions on the use and disclosure of protected health information, but there are many ways to “de-identify” it, freeing it from HIPAA’s constraints. Covered entities and business associates can use...more
Just two and a half years after hosting a workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standard, OCR has issued its "Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance...more
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released its long-awaited guidance regarding the de-identification of protected health information in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and...more
One of the less well-known provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (or "HITECH") Act is the requirement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") periodically...more
As part of health care reform, the federal government mandated that a pilot HIPAA audit program (the “HIPAA Audit Program”) be developed to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security rules and its breach notification...more
On June 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released on its website the protocol that it has developed to serve as a guideline for recently-implemented HIPAA...more
The Department of Labor recently updated its self-compliance tool for plan sponsors and plan administrators of group health plans. The self-compliance tool contains questions relating to requirements on issues such as...more
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