BC Advantage - 2013 Issue 8

Is Your Practice Prepared for the New Omnibus Rule?

By: Julie Sheppard, BSN, JD, CHCEnforcement of the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule began September 23, 2013 greatly improving patients' privacy rights, changing requirements, and increasing penalties for all covered entities, including physician practices.Provisions of the rule governing privacy, security, enforcement, and breach notification have all been modified.  These changes require new approaches to several aspects of the operation of a practice and the relationships with business associates and subcontractors. A change in the rule regarding Breach Notification significantly impacts the procedures of a medical practice.The Omnibus Rule now requires a "risk assessment" analysis.  The former...

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