• HHS Unveils Final Rules Expanding, Updating HIPAA Provisions

    Posted on February 10, 2013 by in Breaking News

    Life Insurance, Medicare, CJB Insurance

    California Healthline –

    January 18, 2013

    On Thursday, HHS released four final rules expanding and updating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Modern Healthcare reports.

    The rules — called for under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package’s HITECH Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act — implement tougher privacy and security provisions. The rules:

    • Clarify when breaches must be reported to HHS’ Office for Civil Rights;

    • Establish new standards for the use of patient-identifiable information for fundraising and marketing;

    • Expand liability to “business associates” of hospitals and other “HIPAA-covered entities,” such as data miners and health information technology service providers (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 1/17); and

    • Raise the maximum penalty for noncompliance to $1.5 million per violation (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 1/17).

    According to HHS, the rules stemmed in part from an executive order that directed HHS to conduct a retrospective review of existing regulations to determine ways to reduce costs and increase flexibility under HIPAA (Sullivan, Government Health IT, 1/17).

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the rules “will help protect patient privacy and safeguard patients’ health information in an ever expanding digital age.”

    The long-awaited rules were accepted by the Office of Management and Budget in March 2012 and were expected to be published last summer (FierceHealthIT, 1/17).

    Source: John & Rusty Report via Choice Admin

Comments are closed.