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.