In an effort to direct HIM professionals to the sections of the HITECH-HIPAA omnibus privacy and security final rule that specifically impacts the HIM industry, and provide guidance on how to respond, AHIMA staff experts have posted a full analysis of the lengthy rule on AHIMA’s website. Click here for the analysis.

The final rule includes significant additions and modifications to HIPAA requirements, called for in the 2009 ARRA-HITECH Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.

The rule covers a variety of HIPAA changes that affect many sectors of the HIM, health IT, and general healthcare industries. For example, the final regulations include changes to privacy and security breach notification and enforcement that previously existed as interim final rules. AHIMA’s analysis breaks down the rule by section.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights posted the HITECH Act’s HIPAA modification final rule to the Federal Register on January 25 after several years of industry anticipation. The full final rule is available in the Federal Register here.

In addition to this analysis, AHIMA will hold a series of free webinars discussing the new privacy and security rules. The first, held on January 28, is available here.

Check the AHIMA website at www.ahima.org for details on future webinars and educational sessions regarding the HITECH-HIPAA final rule.