HHS Releases New HIPAA Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published the final rule implementing the HITECH Act. The rule’s provisions include modifications to the HIPAA privacy, security, enforcement, and breach notification rules. The final rule takes effect on March 26, 2013, and covered entities and business associates have 180 days after that date to come into compliance with most of the provisions. Read the final rule in the January 25 Federal Register. Read a synopsis of the revisions by the law offices of Quarles and Brady LLP.