Hipaa Security Rule And Privacy Rule

1107 WordsNov 30, 20155 Pages
An overview of the HIPAA Security Rule and Privacy Rule On February 20th 2003 the HIPAA security rule was published by (HHS) the Department of Health and Human Services. Entities with small health plans were given over three years to comply with the security rule, while the larger entities had two years from the publications original date to comply. The HIPAA security rule is the same as it has been since its implementation more than 10 years ago. On January 25, 2013 the act was amended by the Omnibus Rule to add the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The HIPAA Security Rule defines all of the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that must be incorporated into an organizations HIPAA security compliance plan. There are five categories in which the HIPAA security rules are grouped in. Those five groups include three safeguards categories: administrative; physical and technical safeguards. Along with organizational standards and finally documentation requirements followed by policies and procedures. The Privacy Rule establishes national standards that were put into place to protect certain kinds of health information. The HHS issued this Privacy Rule in order to complement the HIPPA Act of 1996. The Privacy Rule deals specifically with organizations disclosure and use of an individuals protected health information. The Privacy Rule major objective is to ensure that the health information of an individual is properly
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