Final HIPAA Rules Require Notice Changes

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its final rules governing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification. The regulations significantly change some provisions of the existing rules. “Covered Entities”  and “Business Associates” must comply with these new provisions by September 2013. The…

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Health Reform Leftovers – Washington’s Anti-trust Law

The United States Department of Justice announcement of a civil antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan rings another ancient health care reform bell in Washington, the state.  In 1993, as part of its comprehensive health care reform, Washington adopted a series of laws intended to offset the growing market power of insurers.…

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HIPAA Privacy Rules Again… and a warning to Business Associates

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just proposed new regulations designed to fulfill the amendments made to HIPAA last year when the economic stimulus act (ARRA) was passed by Congress. The separate Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was grafted onto ARRA. Recall that among the HIPAA amendments…

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