HIPAA Revisions Arrive Amid Lingering Confusion

By Allison Grande (September 20, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT) -- Long-anticipated changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act take full effect Monday, but federal officials are still trying to explain what exactly that means for companies, leading attorneys to predict they will take a lenient stance toward those clearly working to comply with the revised law's many intricate new requirements.

Covered health care providers and their newly covered business associates began the dash to update their privacy policies and procedures in January, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a 563-page final rule that formally implemented sweeping changes to HIPAA required by the Health Information Technology...

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