Government Health IT reports that the final omnibus rule to strengthen HIPAA privacy and security safeguards will be released before the end of this year. That's according to Sue McAndrew of the Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights, who said at a recent conference that she anticipates the rule "certainly by the end of the year...I really am hoping that we are now targeting months, if not weeks, for the publication." In addition to including data breach notification rules, strengthened HIPAA enforcement provisions and other privacy and security protections, the final rule will also require business associates working on behalf of healthcare providers to comply with HIPAA, the report states.
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