• Employer Obligations under New HIPAA Rules
  • March 27, 2013 | Authors: Howard E. Bogard; Kelli Carpenter Fleming; C. Logan Hinkle; James A. Hoover; Debra Lee Mackey
  • Law Firm: Burr & Forman LLP - Birmingham Office
  • With all of the attention garnered by healthcare reform, it would be easy to overlook the new HIPAA rules (the "Rules") applicable to covered entities under HIPAA, which include employer group health plans. Compliance with the Rules is generally required by September 23, 2013. The Rules modify the HIPAA privacy, security, enforcement and breach notification rules by expanding individual rights and strengthening enforcement. The major changes affecting group health plans are summarized below. In addition, health plan documents and SPDs along with HIPAA policies and procedures may need to be updated, and the workforce may need to be retrained in the Rules.