The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final omnibus rule modifying the HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules, as well as increasing privacy protections under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Much of the long-awaited final rule, authorized under the HITECH Act, is quite similar to proposed rules and interim final rules issued during 2009 and 2010 covering privacy, security, breaches and enforcement.

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