The HIPAA Omnibus Rule is a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 17, 2013. The Rule aims to strengthen existing privacy protections within the Health... more +
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule is a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 17, 2013. The Rule aims to strengthen existing privacy protections within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), improve the government's ability to enforce those protections, and give individuals greater access to their health information. One of the most significant changes associated with the Rule is the application of HIPAA's requirements to business associates of health care providers and health care claim processors. HHS broadened HIPAA's application to these groups after several large breaches were tied to business associates.
The Biggest Changes in HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule & Recommended Action Steps—Ted Kobus
The deadline for compliance with the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule is looming for group health plans. As explained in a prior blog, stiff penalties may be imposed on employers whose plans fail to comply. Accordingly, employers...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
With all of the attention garnered by healthcare reform, it would be easy to overlook the new HIPAA rules (the "Rules") applicable to covered entities under HIPAA, which include employer group health plans. Compliance with...more
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
The following is a summary of the major changes to HIPAA under the new Final Rule:
1. Breach Notification Standard Lowered — In perhaps the most significant change under the Final Rule, the new regulations considerably...more
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
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published today the final regulations for the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules (the Omnibus Rules). The Omnibus...more
The long awaited HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule is out. The final rule is effective March 26, 2013, but covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) will have 180 days beyond the effective date to come into compliance....more
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