HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule

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The HIPAA-HITECH Omnibus Final Rule has been released and was officially published January 25, 2013.  Businesses need to take steps to be compliant with many requirements by September 23, 2013.  And there will be much work to do.  Among other issues:

  1. There will be a need for changes in Notices of Privacy Practices.
  2. There will be greater enforcement efforts, which is already being seen in many places, and more emphasis on penalties.
  3. There are changes to breach notification requirements with more events being reportable.
  4. There is direct liability for Business Associates and Covered Entities will need to monitor Business Associates more closely.
  5. The Rule contemplates electronic copies of electronically stored information.
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About Andrew (Andy) Wampler

For over a decade, I have provided legal services to businesses and individuals in Northeast Tennessee. I spend time litigating breaches of contract, medical malpractice, and commercial disputes and have worked on a number of transactions. I also advise businesses, working much of my time on healthcare and employment matters.

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