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Expanded HIPAA Rule

Physician practices large and small – Have you conducted a risk assessment to ensure compliance with the expanded HIPAA Rule?

On September 23, 2013, the federal government will start enforcing the revised HIPAA regulations. Penalties for unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information could be as steep as $50,000 depending on the circumstances of the disclosure. Some of the new changes include: addition of business associates and the presumption of provider guilt for harm to patients when data is breached.

Information on compliance deadlines for HIPAA and ACA is available at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/HIPAA-Administrative-Simplification/HIPAAGenInfo/ComplianceDeadlinesforHIPAAandACA.html.

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