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Stay on the Right Side of the Law with the HIPAA Compliance Management Solution

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In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, a set of final regulations to strengthen the HIPAA and the HITECH acts.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, a set of final regulations to strengthen the HIPAA and the HITECH acts.

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  • 1. Stay on the Right Side of the Law with the HIPAA Compliance Management Solution In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, a set of final regulations to strengthen the HIPAA and the HITECH acts. The new regulations ensured more protection to patients with respect to their personal health information. With the enactment of the HIPAA omnibus rule, the healthcare providers and practitioners can no longer take patients for a ride as the regulations finalized by HHS would help the federal government to enforce the law down to a T. According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “Much has changed in health care since HIPAA was enacted over fifteen years ago. The new rule will help protect patient privacy and safeguard patients’ health information in an ever expanding digital age.” Given below are excerpts from the HIPAA omnibus rule. 1. Make Business Associates of Covered Entities directly liable for compliance with certain of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules' requirements. 2. Strengthen the limitations on the use and disclosure of protected health information for marketing and fundraising purposes, and prohibit the sale of protected health information without individual authorization. 3. Expand individuals' rights to receive electronic copies of their health information and to restrict disclosures to a health plan concerning treatment for which the individual has paid out of pocket in full. 4. Require modifications to, and redistribution of, a Covered Entity's notice of privacy practices. 5. Modify the individual authorization and other requirements to facilitate research and disclosure of child immunization proof to schools, and to enable access to decedent information by family members or others. 6. Adopt the additional HITECH Act enhancements to the Enforcement Rule not previously adopted in the October 30, 2009, interim final rule, such as the provisions addressing enforcement of on compliance with the HIPAA Rules due to willful neglect. Besides the above regulations, the HHS has finalized a tiered civil money penalty structure, replaced the breach notification rule's "harm" threshold with a more objective standard and prohibited most health plans from using or disclosing genetic information for underwriting purposes. With the federal government adopting a zero tolerance approach to non compliance, today HIPAA omnibus compliance becomes a high priority for healthcare providers and practitioners. Medical practitioners and healthcare providers are therefore deploying risk and compliance management solutions to address the requirements of healthcare businesses including assessment of security and compliance levels of Business Associates of healthcare businesses. Hence having a solution to automate and standardize governance, risk and compliance management can help healthcare providers to stay on the right side of the law. Check out - IT Compliance Management

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