HIPAA enforcement is here to stay. Not only has the OCR enforcement increased, they have been investigating an increasing amount of smaller organizations.
As part of the renewed effort to combat ongoing substance abuse and provide resources for prevention, 42 CFR Part 2 regulations (Part 2) were enacted in 1987 by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as authorized by both the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970 and the Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1972.
Back in 2013, when Edward Snowden was in Hong Kong revealing he leaked documents detailing mass-surveillance programs by the U.S. government, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was creating the Final Omnibus Rule. This rule extended its regulatory reach beyond covered entities (e.g. healthcare providers, health plans, and clearinghouses) to business associates who …
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