• HIPAA Compliance Update for Employee Benefit Plans
  • March 20, 2013 | Authors: Joan M. Neri; Ryan C. Tzeng
  • Law Firms: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Florham Park Office ; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • This is the second in our series of alerts on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule. In our alert issued on February 28, 2013, available here, we described the major provisions of this rule. In this alert, we discuss the provisions of the Omnibus Rule that strengthen the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) and the impact these rules have on employers that sponsor group health plans. Health plan sponsors need to take steps now to address these rules because failure to comply could result in substantial penalties, the details of which will be discussed in an upcoming alert.