Technical Corrections to HIPAA Omnibus Rule Released

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) acknowledged the need for technical corrections to a ruling published as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) omnibus rule on January 23, 2013, according to a final rule published on the Federal Registrar. According to the HHS, the errors necessitating technical corrections contained in January’s final rule fall short of the requirements for “significant regulatory actions.” These technical corrections were published on June 7, 2013.


Corrections Are Minor, But It’s a Good Reminder to Comply with the Changes.

The HHS determined that the corrections in this final rule are minor, including a number of small inadvertent errors and omissions in citations, and one typographical error. Corrections affect two parts, 45 CFR Part 160 and 164. To read the complete HIPAA technical corrections, click here.

These corrections should stand as a reminder to physicians, hospitals, clinics, health care providers and their business associates to take into account the corrections as they work to update business associate agreements, policies, practices and training to comply with the omnibus rule changes by the September 2013 deadline. To learn more on the omnibus rule changes, click here to read a previous blog.


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About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.


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