Obama Admin Releases Massive New HIPAA Rules

So, as if healthcare practitioners didn’t already have enough to focus on with Obamacare, HITECH and the Flu epidemic, the Obama administration through the Department of Health and Human Services, has released a massive pile of new regulations in a 563 page final rule on HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification among other related issues. This is in the face of already significant non-compliance among providers, the new limitations on administrative costs under Obamacare and the already rapidly rising costs of insurance to consumers. As a HIPAA compliance professional, I am disheartened by the constant piling of additional non-treatment burdens onto our healthcare service providers. There is a point where the desire for privacy interferes with the ability to focus on the delivery of quality affordable and flexible care options. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be reading every page of this arduous document and beginning the process of trying to assist healthcare professionals in understanding its implications.  Stay tuned.