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A rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that took effect in September requires entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to notify individuals when their protected health information is breached. This rule applies to healthcare providers and health plans, among others.
According to the regulations, covered entities' business associates, including third-party administrators, must notify the HIPAA-covered entities of breaches at or by the business associates. The Federal Trade Commission has issued companion breach notification regulations that apply to vendors of health records and others, including third-party service providers, not covered by HIPAA.
To learn more, go to www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.
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