In January, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released 563 pages amending and updating the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). (See WICs article "HHS Issues Sweeping New HIPAA Rule - Focus of ANCOR Pre-Conference April 28", January 18, 2013.)
The effective date of the rule is March 26, 2013, though many aspects of the rule have a compliance deadline of September 23, 2013. The new rule expands HUPAA privacy and security rule coverage and direct liability for violations to "covered entities" which could include certain contractors such as financial firms, claims clearinghouses, and insurance plans. The rule also updates the policies and technologies needed to comply with the provision that addresses patient consent.
ANCOR will feature a pre-conference session with John Gilliland of the Gilliland Law Firm that will cover the changes to HIPAA and what organizations need to know in order to comply. The session will be held on Sunday, April 28. For more information about the conference including a link to register, click here. Additionally, ANCOR and Gilliland are working on an updated HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Resource Manual for ANCOR Private Providers which will be available for purchase soon.
For the full text of the "Omnibus HIPAA" rule, click here.