AMA Offering HIPAA Omnibus Guidance | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

AMA Offering HIPAA Omnibus Guidance

September 9, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

With the updated version of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) going into effect on Sept. 23, the American Medical Association (AMA) is throwing a life line to its members with a toolkit that will aim to help physicians navigate the revisions of the federal privacy and security rules.

The toolkit provides the physicians with 11 specific tips that aim to help them better understand the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule. This includes advising the providers to understand the compliance requirements and evaluate the relationship they have with business associates.

"Understanding the implications of the modified privacy rule can be daunting for busy physician practices," said AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. "The AMA stands ready with expert resources and effective tips that will help physicians meet the new requirements for protecting highly sensitive patient information as more data becomes digitalized."

Other tips include prioritizing compliance activities, understanding the breach notification rule, knowing a patient’s rights, and being aware of significant penalties.  The business associate element, which has become a bit hot topic within the industry, will force physicians to review their relationships and determine if they have to enter into an official agreement.

Along with the tips, the organization is offering templates of revised privacy notices that providers will have to share with patients, as well as new agreements with business associates that handle patient data.

Topics

News

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.