HIPAA Key Dates and Creation Timeline

The Different Parts of HIPAA

Since it was enacted in 1996 by the United States government, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has enforced strict penalties for organizations who fail to provide data privacy and provisions towards safeguarding medical information. More specifically, it demands that the Department of Human Services and Health in the U.S. (HHS) create regulations that protect both the security and privacy of health information. In order to make these regulations more manageable by both government and private organizations, HHS published the HIPAA Security Rule and HIPAA Privacy rule. However, sometimes this act can be split up into four different rules;

  1. HIPAA Privacy Rule

  2. HIPAA Security Rule

  3. HIPPA Enforcement Rule

  4. HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

Below we've listed all of the most important dates involved in the creation, development, and enforcement of HIPAA as a whole, the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and the HIPAA Security Rule while including important links to each date from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

HIPAA Key Dates

  • August 21, 1996 - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was signed into law

  • April 14, 2003 - Deadline for Covered Entities to comply with the Privacy Rule

  • April 20, 2005 - Deadline for Covered Entities to comply with the Security Rule

  • March 13, 2006 - The Enforcement Rule goes into effect

  • February 17, 2009 - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law. This is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009

  • January 17, 2013 - The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases the Omnibus Final Rule

  • March 26, 2013 - The Omnibus Final Rule takes effect

  • September 22, 2013 - Covered Entities, Business Associates, and subcontractors must be in compliance with most provisions under the Final Rule


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