• Sweeping Changes to Rules on Patient Privacy and Security of Health Information
  • February 18, 2013 | Authors: Breanne M. Democko; Kevin D. Devaney
  • Law Firm: Eastman & Smith Ltd. - Toledo Office
  • On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule, significantly modifying the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “[m]uch has changed in health care since HIPAA was enacted over fifteen years ago . . . The new rule will help protect patient privacy and safeguard patients’ health information in an ever expanding digital age.” The 563-page final rule can be distilled to the four major points set forth below.