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.