Everyone old enough to remember will recall Y2K – the year our world was supposed to end in a catastrophic transition from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000. Instead, since we are still here, we all recall what happened –...more
The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team will hold a virtual, public hearing on Monday, September 30 from 11:45 a.m. to...more
Today’s the day! Today marks the long-awaited compliance date for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule.
In case you have put any thoughts of compliance with the Omnibus Rule out of your mind, you can no longer escape.
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
September 23rd is the HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance deadline. The Rule expands the definition of Business Associates (BAs). Are you prepared?
Incorrect determinations lead to increased risk and potential liability for...more
On September 23, 2013, Covered Entities and Business Associates must be compliant with the final Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule (the “HIPAA Final Rule”). The HIPAA Final Rule modified...more
In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH") modified a number of provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") to strengthen HIPAA's privacy and...more
The September 23, 2013 deadline for covered entities, business associates and their subcontractors to implement the new HIPAA rules is approaching quickly. In case you missed it, on January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of...more
If you sponsor a group health plan that is subject to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, it is time to review and revise your policies and procedures and re-train your employees regarding the proper procedures when...more
Under the Final Rule, as previously discussed, business associates must comply with the technical, administrative, and physical safeguard requirements under the Security Rule....more
Although the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule's expansion of business associate liability could create difficulties for healthcare providers and other covered entities seeking to negotiate business associate agreements with vendors...more
The Department of Health and Human Services recently amended the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations (“HIPAA Rules”) in a way that may make many companies, particularly those in the technology...more
For much of 2013, group health plan sponsors have been gearing up for the compliance challenges associated with the Affordable Care Act. There is no doubt that much of the planning, focus and energy trained on the next round...more
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
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) protects all "individually identifiable health information," commonly referred to as protected health information (“PHI”), held or transmitted by a...more
Protecting Health Information -
The privacy of health information is protected by federal rules. These rules, which have been recently updated, affect the handling of “protected health information” (“PHI”) by business...more
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
HIPAA Marketing and Sale Provisions Under HIPAA -
The privacy and security standards under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") and its regulations (the "HIPAA Rules") were designed...more
A recently issued government rule may unknowingly create significant liability and legal risk for many technology enterprises. The expanded definition of "business associates" and related interpretations by the Department of...more
The long awaited HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule became effective March 26, 2013, but covered entities, business associates and subcontractors will have until September 23, 2013, to fully comply.
On January 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (‘‘OCR’’) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘HHS’’) published the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule (‘‘Final Rule’’) which OCR has trumpeted as carrying ‘‘the most...more
If you are a health care provider and/or someone who routinely performs work involving patient health information on behalf of a health care provider, you likely need to know about the HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule....more
With the recent issuance of the long-awaited final rule by the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), the protection of patient information has been a hot topic among the health care industry the past few months....more
The long-awaited final omnibus rule (Omnibus Rule) that modifies the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)  took effect last week, on March 26, 2013. Leon Rodriguez, Director of the U.S....more
The Omnibus Rule went into effect on March 26, 2013. While covered entities and business associates have until Sept. 23, 2013, to comply with new restrictions and obligations, they can take advantage of the rule’s benefits...more