The American Hospital Association soon will host two informational conference calls for member hospitals on forthcoming changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules.

The Department of Health and Human Services in July published a proposed rule to modify and strengthen provisions of the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules, as mandated under the HITECH Act. Among other changes, the proposed rule would make business associates subject to the privacy and security rules as if they were covered entities, restrict certain uses and disclosures of patient information, expand patient rights to obtain their electronic health information, and increase penalties for violations of the privacy and security rules.

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