HIPAA Omnibus Update

HIPAA Omnibus Update

The HIPAA Omnibus Update rules contain a number of changes to HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification rules. Recently patient rights under HIPAA have been expanded to include several new rights of access: mental health records, electronic copies of records and laboratory test results. These changes must be respected by every covered entity and business associate to stay in compliance with the HIPAA rules through modifications to policies and procedures.

HIPAA Omnibus update

Not only the compliance rules but the enforcement rules have also changed. Now with the new four-tier violation schedule the mandatory fines for willful neglect of compliance starts at $10,000 even if the problem is corrected within 30 days of discovery. Violations that are not promptly corrected carry mandatory minimum fines starting at $50,000.

Compliance Process

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.