HHS Delays Enforcement of HIPAA Transaction Rules Until April
announced (pdf) it will not enforce operating rules under HIPAA until April 2013.
Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required HHS to adopt a single set of operating rules for each HIPAA transaction standard to improve its utility and reduce administrative costs. The operating rules — intended to make the application of the HIPAA standards more consistent and efficient — took effect Jan. 1 for HIPAA-covered entities.
According to the release, HHS is delaying enforcement action to reduce the potential disruption to the healthcare industry. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to CMS' statement.
However, if an entity is the subject of a complaint, it will be required to provide evidence of its compliance or a good faith effort to become compliant before April.
More Articles on HIPAA:Idaho Hospice to Pay HHS $50k in HIPAA Settlement
47% of Healthcare Leaders Face Challenges in Meeting HIPAA Requirements
HIPAA Compliance: What Has Changed and How Will It Impact Healthcare Providers?
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.