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HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule—What To Do

image_Digest-V23-N3Kimberly Wynkoop, OMIC Legal Counsel After 10 years in the “HIPAA Privacy Enforcement Era,” the requirements of compliance continue to evolve. On January 25 of this year, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (“HHS”) published the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule (“Final Rule”), modifying the privacy, security, breach notification, and enforcement rules. These modifications implemented most of the privacy and security provisions of the 2009 HITECH Act. The Final Rule became effective March 26, 2013, and compliance in most areas was required by September 23, 2013. However, existing business associate agreements do not need to be updated until September 22, 2014,...
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On Saturday, April 26, 2014, OMIC will be part of a multidisciplinary conference for ophthalmologists and other physicians specializing in the examination, treatment and management [...]
Apr
26
Sat
all-day Current Trends in ROP, Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Maryland @ Marriott Courtyard Washingtonian Center
Current Trends in ROP, Saturday,… @ Marriott Courtyard Washingtonian Center
Apr 26 all-day
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, OMIC will be part of a multidisciplinary conference for ophthalmologists and other physicians specializing in the examination, treatment and management [...]


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Improper Disposal of Medical Records

Natalie Kelly, NAS Insurance Services/Lloyds Associate Vice President of Claims  Allegation  Violation of Health Care Privacy and Security Rules. Disposition Settled without fines or penalties. Legal and patient notification costs totaled $85,000. Case summary  Employees of a physician disposed of medical records inappropriately by placing them into office recycling bins. Although the contents of the recycling bins were supposed to...

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Anne M. Menke, RN, PhD, OMIC Risk Manager The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule introduced new regulations for ophthalmologists and their staff to understand and implement. The need to update policies and procedures to address these changes provides a good opportunity to review some of the key federal regulations governing patient privacy and confidentiality that have been in effect since 2003. This Hotline article will address the release of medical records, and clarify when a patient’s authorization is needed and when the federal “minimum necessary rule” applies.  My...





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