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HIPAA and HITECH Act Rule Summary

Drinker Biddle & Reath released a client alert summarizing some of the highlights of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday.  A few items of note:

  • The definition of protected health information has been amended so as to exclude information on a person who has been deceased for more than 50 years.
  • The rule expands the definition of “business associate” to include additional entities and clarifies that business associates are directly liable under HIPAA.
  • Covered entities will have to modify their Notice of Privacy Practices.
  • Patients are provided additional rights under the final rule.  Marketing standards are strengthened. 

A copy of the client alert can be found here.  In the coming weeks, we will be publishing a series of client alerts addressing in more depth specific provisions of the Final Rule.  Stay tuned for more information. 

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Medicare Reimbursement and Health Policy Director

Anna Schwamlein Howard is the Medicare Reimbursement & Health Policy Director in the firm’s Health Government Relations team.

A nationally recognized authority on health care reform issues, Anna has considerable experience in government relations and regulatory affairs. Specifically, she has extensive knowledge with the Medicare Modernization Act, medical privacy and prescription drug issues, Medicare physician payment legislation, the Affordable Care Act, and other federal health issues impacting the lives of older Americans.

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