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July 2014

The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

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Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

Table Of Contents

  • It's time to act on business associate agreements
  • Continuous compliance makes for a HIPAA home run
  • What's up with legislation reform in the HIPAA era?

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