As reported in my January 24th, 2013 post, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an omnibus final rule (the Rule) implementing changes in current regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), pursuant to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). In addition to finalizing proposed regulations set forth in a proposed rule dated July 14, 2010, it also addressed other HIPAA provisions. It also finalized a proposed rule issued in 2009 that implements the HIPAA-related genetic privacy provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

On September 23, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin enforcing far-reaching changes in the HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification requirements mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).