The deadline for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's new notification standards has come and gone, but employers' efforts to toe the line with the latest privacy and security regulations have just begun. In essence, companies had until Sept. 23 of this year to update their notices of privacy practices and until the end of time to remain compliant with them.

The good news for most HR professionals and benefits administrators is that perhaps the most sweeping change to HIPAA with the rules issued in January doesn't apply directly to them, but to their third-party administrators and business associates. That can, however, require new contracts and agreements with them.

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