What You Need to Know about the HIPAA Omnibus Rule

Frequently asked questions—and the answers

Todd A. Rodriguez, Esq

On Jan. 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the “HIPAA Omnibus Rule,” a set of final regulations modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules to implement various provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. These rules are complex, and a detailed review of all of the changes is beyond the scope of this article, which focuses on frequently asked questions from AAOS members.

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