In a press release issued last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a long-awaited update to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave the understatement of the year in the announcement: “Much has changed in health care since HIPAA was enacted over fifteen years ago…” Some of the most significant changes in health care have been as a result of the original requirements of HIPAA. Now everyone who has been to a medical professional is familiar with signing a consent form indicating they have seen a Notice of Privacy Practices. This update to HIPAA, which will go into effect on March 26, 2013, and require compliance by September 23, 2013, has a number of[…]