he Network was recently contacted by a state official who had questions about recent changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that were part of the HIPAA omnibus final rule. The official specifically asked how the changes applied to her state’s health department.
The HIPAA omnibus final rule was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 17, 2013. The final rule includes modifications to HIPAA that are required by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), as well as several other modifications to improve HIPAA’s efficiency and effectiveness. The final rule took effect on March 26, 2013 and entities subject to its requirements must comply by September 23, 2013.
The Network provided the official with the Network fact sheet on the HIPAA omnibus final rule, which summarizes the sections of HIPAA that were affected and how they will be modified.
The Network also discussed several possible ways that modifications to HIPAA that were passed as part of the omnibus final rule might affect a state health department. Read more.