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HIPAA Rule Updates

HHS on Thursday released four final rules updating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. The four rules are:
1.      Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
2.      Changes to the HIPAA Enforcement Rule to incorporate the increased and tiered civil money penalty structure provided by the HITECH Act.
3.      Final rule on Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information under the HITECH Act, which replaces the breach notification rule’s 'harm' threshold with "a more objective standard."
4.      Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule as required by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to prohibit most health plans from using or disclosing genetic information for underwriting purposes.

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