Friday, January 18, 2013

HHS: New Rules Protect Patient Privacy

On January 17, 2013, the HHS announced strengthened privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
"the final omnibus rule greatly enhances a patient’s privacy protections, provides individuals new rights to their health information, and strengthens the government’s ability to enforce the law." - US Health and Human Services
“This final omnibus rule marks the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented,” said HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez. “These changes not only greatly enhance a patient’s privacy rights and protections, but also strengthen the ability of my office to vigorously enforce the HIPAA privacy and security protections, regardless of whether the information is being held by a health plan, a health care provider, or one of their business associates.”
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Sources:
(a) New Rule Protects Patient Privacy, Secures Health Information - HHS, 01/17/13

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