Health Information Technologies and Processes

Changes to HIPAA Rules??? Hmmm...I don't think so.

  • 1.  Changes to HIPAA Rules??? Hmmm...I don't think so.

    Posted 08-12-2020 10:19
    Checking with the group...as someone attended a webinar this week (I did not attend) where the speaker indicated very strongly that folks dealing with HIPAA need to make sure they have implemented the changes due to the changes to the HIPAA regulations in 2019 that became effective in 2020 to prevent their organizations from "breaking the law". (According to the person sharing this with me, the phrase "breaking the law" was used repeatedly.)

    I researched my Fed Reg data and there were no rule changes related to HIPAA in 2019.  The only thing I found that was remotely related to the rules was the request for information published back in Dec 2018.  This was a request for comments and not any proposed or final rule making.

    So to be sure, I do see anything to show that the HIPAA regulations have changed recently or specifically in 2019.  If anyone has info to the contrary, please share.  The person offered that they asked for specifics in the chat box during the webinar but the question was not answered.

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    Frank Ruelas
    Compliance Professional
    Arizona
    Posted: 7:19 AM AZ time
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  • 2.  RE: Changes to HIPAA Rules??? Hmmm...I don't think so.

    Posted 08-12-2020 10:58

    Hi,


    Do you think they are talking about information blocking that does not go into effect until next year?

     

    Thanks,
    Karla

     






  • 3.  RE: Changes to HIPAA Rules??? Hmmm...I don't think so.

    Posted 08-12-2020 11:32

    Agree they could be referring to Information Blocking, in which we need to be in compliance by November 2020., rule was finalized in May.  But it really has nothing to do with HIPAA, other than being more strict that HIPAA.  Instead of having the option that we may disclose, with information blocking we must.

     

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  • 4.  RE: Changes to HIPAA Rules??? Hmmm...I don't think so.

    Posted 08-13-2020 08:06
    Another possibility - the recent ruling about third party disclosures being called a "change" to HIPAA?

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    Lance Smith
    Privacy Officer
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  • 5.  RE: Changes to HIPAA Rules??? Hmmm...I don't think so.

    Posted 08-13-2020 09:29
    Aha...that is a good example of perhaps another "change"...but that was not the case.  Very good example of a change, albeit not within the regulations, that people may be adjusting to given recent guidance from OCR related to their HIPAA processes, in this case, disclosures to third parties as part of the right to access.

    Big THANK YOU!

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    Frank Ruelas
    Compliance Professional
    Arizona
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