Don’t put yourself at risk: Find out what’s in the new rule
Compliance attorney Robert Markette Jr. has read the 563 page document and is prepared to offer a complete analysis of the rule.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the much anticipated HIPAA mega rule. The rule, which represents some of the most significant changes to the rule since it was first implemented 15 years ago, consolidates four rules that significantly change how you comply with privacy and security requirements. The rule seeks to finalize privacy and security regulations related to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) as well as implement certain provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).
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- Avoid increased and tiered civil monetary penalties of up to $1.5 million per violation.
- Revise your current policies and procedures.
- Train your staff on the new limits on protected health information.
- Understand how the rule will affect your relationship with business associates and subcontractors.
The rule becomes effective March 26th with a compliance date of September 23rd. Failure to comply will lead to increased fines and penalties.