Confidentiality, Privacy and Security

Changes to HIPAA...Follow Up

  • 1.  Changes to HIPAA...Follow Up

    Posted 08-13-2020 09:24
    Last night I got my hands on an audio of the webinar I referred to yesterday.  After about 5 minutes...I had to get pencil and paper to keep track of the comments which were clearly (I mean black and white...not gray) inconsistent with the regulations.

    I did hear over 10 references to the "HIPAA updates" that require covered entities and business associates to do A, B, C, .....

    The good news...the information was incorrect.  Given the context of the webinar and what was covered...there are no actual changes to the HIPAA regulations that this webinar was referring to.  The downside is that there were probably some new folks to HIPAA that took this information at face value and are likely now under the false impression that some of their processes are "broken" to use a word from the webinar.

    I was also very curious to hear a statement that is circulating more and more in webinars related to the obligations of business associates and their requirement to comply with the HIPAA regulations.  I'm going to keep an eye on this one as I'm hearing it more and more and it is clearly wrong.

    OK...enough of that.  Thanks to the person from AHIMA that contacted me and led me to a copy of the audio.

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    Frank Ruelas
    Compliance Professional
    Arizona
    Posted: 6:23 AM AZ time
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  • 2.  RE: Changes to HIPAA...Follow Up

    Posted 2 days ago
    Hello, Frank!

    Sorry that I am late to the party, but this subject caught my eye!

    The HITECH Act did result in some of the HIPAA Rules to now apply directly to BAs.  Not knowing what the webinar stated, it has been my understanding that HITECH brought about more enforcement against and responsibility of BAs to comply with the rule.

    Here is a link to the HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of BAs under HIPAA.
    If this doesn't apply to what you were referring to, please let me know.

    Cheers and thanks for leading this forum!

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    Dorinda Sattler, MJ RHIA,CHPS,CPHRM
    Clinical Asst. Professor, Program Dir. Hit
    Indiana University Northwest
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  • 3.  RE: Changes to HIPAA...Follow Up

    Posted 2 days ago
    Many thanks for sharing!  Actually the context of my posting had to do with so called changes to the HIPAA regulations which there have not been any for some time.  It seems it is not uncommon for some folks to attract interest to educational offerings by claiming there are new rules that must be followed.  However, in fact...no such new rules exist.

    Again...thanks for sharing!





    Posted: 9:31 PM AZ time

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    Frank Ruelas
    Compliance Professional
    Arizona
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