The U.S Department of Health & Human Services recently adopted new rules that make changes to existing privacy, security and breach notification requirements in what is often referred to as the final "HIPAA Omnibus Rule." All covered physician practices must update their HIPAA policies and procedures and otherwise implement the changes required by these regulations no later than the September 23, 2013 compliance date. These new rules will mean physicians will need to update their Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) and their Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) and it will require they understand the importance of encryption electronic protected health information. Click here for more information and a toolkit to help your practice meet these new requirements.