Thursday, April 20, 2006

HIPAA Security Rule Deadline for Small Health Plan Compliance

Quick note that today, April 20, 2006, is the deadline for compliance by small health plans to comply with the Security Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Employers who sponsor a group health plan and creates or maintains protected health information electronically must comply with the Security Rule under HIPAA. A group health plan is defined under the HIPAA regulations and includes standard medical, dental, flexible spending accounts and other types of employee benefit plans. Large group health plans were required to comply on April 20, 2005, and small group health plans were given an extra year for compliance.

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