Health IT Pulse

Dec 14 2012   2:48PM GMT

No holiday cheer for compliance pros until HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns

Tags:
HIPAA
HIPAA Privacy Rule
HIPAA security rule
HITECH Act
Meaningful use

Well here we are, nearing the end of a busy year in health IT. And while there have been many major developments in the industry over the last 12 months, one bit of unfinished business still hangs unresolved: the final HIPAA omnibus rule, proposed more than two years ago.

This is the set of regulations that was originally set to be published early last summer, which will update 1990s-era HIPAA enforcement for the digital medical records era. But delay after delay has left the industry heading toward 2013 with no clear rules in place. And no resolution is imminent. At yesterday’s Health Privacy and Security Forum in Boston Office of Civil Rights director Leon Rodriguez said the final rule is still under review and he can’t say when it will be published. In other words, don’t hold your breath.

A lot is riding on the regulations included in the HIPAA omnibus rule. It will amend provisions of the HIPAA privacy and security rules as required by the HITECH Act, update data breach notification requirements and add provisions of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act to the HIPAA regulation set. The manner in which these rules are implemented could have far-reaching implications for how hospitals make IT decisions, as it will detail security requirements for business associates and their sub-contractors.

Organizations whose 2013 IT planning depends upon the shape of the new rules do have some guidance to follow. OCR has posted its proposed audit protocols, and it plans to move its audit program out of pilot and into practice next year. The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to be in compliance with all HIPAA regulations. Some providers who have been audited in the pilot program shared what OCR’s teams were looking for at their facilities.

But until the omnibus rule is finalized this is no sure bet. Some commentators have speculated that the rule has been delayed so long because certain provisions are being changed, which may make OCR’s published guidance obsolete by the time the actual rules are published.

Given all that is riding on the omnibus rule, I’m sure compliance officers at covered entities and vendors who must sign business associate agreements are hoping they will find the finalized regulation in their Christmas stockings before the end of the year. This may be the first time anyone has ever put a mammoth piece of federal regulation on their holiday wish list.

114  Comments on this Post

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when other members comment.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • How the #HIPAA omnibus rule stole Christmas http://t.co/5QZc7fVz
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS issues #HIPAA omnibus | #HITECH http://t.co/RgKaXXAT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS issues #HIPAA omnibus | #HITECH http://t.co/RgKaXXAT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS issues #HIPAA omnibus | #HITECH http://t.co/RgKaXXAT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS issues #HIPAA omnibus | #HITECH http://t.co/RgKaXXAT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS issues #HIPAA omnibus | #HITECH http://t.co/RgKaXXAT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS issues #HIPAA omnibus | #HITECH http://t.co/RgKaXXAT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/dIzrxnQG #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/ASV0YX71…http://t.co/66hQdgnO
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Health IT Pulse: The protocols outline security features and processes providers must have in place in order to ... http://t.co/ZH51pnrl
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse http://t.co/1XWq7YQG
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse http://t.co/1XWq7YQG
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/uRIntwBU #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/uRIntwBU #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/uRIntwBU #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/uRIntwBU #hcsm #HITsm #healthIT
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • I'm happy to wait til 1-2-13. RT @HITExchange: No holiday cheer for compliance pros 'til HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus http://t.co/VOpy3TnG
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • I'm happy to wait til 1-2-13. RT @HITExchange: No holiday cheer for compliance pros 'til HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus http://t.co/VOpy3TnG
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • this is good article .Wherever you look what you see is health hazardous stuff, fattening foods, stuff that can risk your health, any outbreak, now take a break from all these. Sadly, they are going to be there and among all that stuff you miss on the little joys that you may get on fulfilling your desires. healthcare
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus http://t.co/Jfe4qS4F
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus http://t.co/Jfe4qS4F
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/C23P3UxF #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/C23P3UxF #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/C23P3UxF #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • No holiday cheer for compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/C23P3UxF #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • RT @healthblawg: No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/oqB950uN #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • RT @healthblawg: No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/oqB950uN #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • RT @healthblawg: No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/oqB950uN #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • RT @healthblawg: No holiday cheer for #compliance pros until #HHS publishes #HIPAA omnibus - Health IT Pulse – http://t.co/oqB950uN #OCR
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • When the final rule does come out, I sure hope we don't end up with one of those Emily Litella Saturday Night... http://t.co/sr0amoHp
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/YXrjnpR4…http://t.co/Axfrhvtn
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/YXrjnpR4…http://t.co/Axfrhvtn
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/SVocCaeX…http://t.co/LcFNZKGi
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • http://t.co/SVocCaeX…http://t.co/LcFNZKGi
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • StrongCord Reports: No holiday cheer for compliance pros until HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus: http://t.co/EyjTVUfn
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • The #HIPAA omnibus rule is still unfinished. There will be no holiday cheer for compliance pros until its done http://t.co/s3zQys6b | #HHS
    0 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Share this item with your network: