New HIPAA rule expands patient privacy regulations

Companies must now disclose information breaches that are likely to compromise patient information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday announced “sweeping” updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which are designed to strengthen patient privacy protections.

The final omnibus rule includes a measure that would extend the privacy rules to contractors and subcontractors of healthcare providers, healthcare plans and other organizations that process health insurance claims. Previously, the law applied only to the healthcare providers and healthcare plans themselves.

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