New HIPAA privacy laws take effect after grace period for the newly regulated

Businesses not in compliance could face considerable penalties

New Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations went into effect Sept. 23, following a grace period intended to give previously unaffected entities time to become compliant. The new rules attempt to improve privacy for personal medical records, tighten the definition of who can access private information and set new standards for what must be done in the event of a security breach.

While HIPAA has been around since 1996, it was reevaluated as part of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and was overhauled during the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The former sought to prevent the use of genetic information found in personal health documents from being used as means for denial of service or employment from healthcare providers and employers.

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Chris DiMarco

Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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