Omnibus Rule

On Jan. 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the “HIPAA Omnibus Rule,” a set of final regulations modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules to implement various provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule makes business associates and subcontractors of business associates of covered entities directly liable for compliance with certain of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule requirements

As a business associate TechWorks Inc found them self in the same boat as covered entities were forced to ask the question that covered entities have been asking for years, What is HIPAA Compliance?