What are the changes or additions of HIPAA as per Omnibus Rule?

Expert centerCategory: HIPAAWhat are the changes or additions of HIPAA as per Omnibus Rule?
Hazeef Staff asked 5 years ago
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Arun K R Staff answered 5 years ago

The HIPAA omnibus rule notes the most substantial changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented. Changes include:

  • Reinforce the privacy and security protection for consumer personal health information
  • Breach Notification Rule Modified for Unsecured Protected Health Information, putting in place more guidelines for assessing a healthcare organization’s liability following a data breach.
  • Altering the HIPAA Privacy Rule to reinforce the privacy protections for genetic information.
  • Holding similar standards to the HIPAA business associates for protecting PHI as covered entities, involving subcontractors of business associates, in the compliance sense.
  • State clearly that when the case of cash payment happens, patients can direct their provider not to reveal information about their treatment with their health plan.
  • Assigning new limits on how data is used and disclosed for promoting and fund-raising purposes.
  • Forbidding the sale of an individual’s health data without their permission.
  • Making the job of parents easier to give permission to share evidence of a child’s immunization with a school.
  • Making individual’s ability more efficient to authorize the use of their health data for research purposes.
  • Penalties for noncompliance Increased, with maximum penalty of $1.5 million per violation based on the level of negligence.
  • Guaranteeing that organizations can operate with confidence that their security and privacy policies comply with all applicable laws.

Source: http://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/definition/HIPAA-omnibus-rule-Health-Insurance-Portability-and-Accountability-Act-of-1996-omnibus-rule