Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tougher HIPAA Rules Take Effect

As of September 23, 2013, the more-stringent-than-ever HIPAA Omnibus Rule is in effect.

The new rule will bring more hefty fines, more audits and added enforcement pertaining patients’ protected health information according to Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). While the official and permanent audit program is not fully established, breach investigations are being conducted.

"Fines imposed on organizations that grossly violate HIPAA privacy and security rules are now on the upward trend." - Leon Rodriguez, Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Mr. Rodriguez stressed the need for covered entities (CE) as well as business associates (BA) "to perform a comprehensive, thorough risk analysis and then to apply the results of that analysis."

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Sources:
(a) Ready or Not: HIPAA Gets Tougher Today - www.HealthcareITnews.com, 09/23/13

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