Dianne Bourque and Daria Niewenhous will present a Strafford Publications webinar titled, "Business Associate Agreements and the New HIPAA Rule."
On Jan. 17, 2013, HHS issued its long-awaited final Omnibus Rule, which modifies HIPAA’s privacy, security and enforcement rules and its breach notification rule. The final rule is effective on March 26, and covered entities and business associates must comply by Sept. 23, 2013.
The director of the Office for Civil Rights of HHS said the final rule “marks the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented.” Among other things, the final rule makes business associates directly liable for complying with HIPAA requirements.
To ensure compliance with the new requirements, counsel to healthcare providers and business associates must examine the implications of the final rule for all existing and future business associate agreements.
The authoritative panel of healthcare practitioners will examine the new requirements under the Omnibus Rule as they relate to agreements between healthcare providers and business associates, discusses evaluation of existing contracts, and offers best practices for developing and negotiating new agreements.