RCM Answers February 26, 2019
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) went into effect in 1996, and it has changed dramatically in the intervening decades. Initially created to make health insurance coverage easier to maintain for employees as they moved between jobs, the Act has expanded to include patient privacy and security.
The Act has received updates over the years — the government added the Enforcement Rule in 2006, the Breach Notification Rule in 2009 and the Omnibus Final Rule in 2013. New changes could be on the horizon, and the projected changes have health care providers worried.
How might HIPAA change, and are providers right to be concerned?
How is the Department of Health and Human Services working to change HIPAA?