HIPAA Privacy, Security Updates Coming

HITECH mandates the modifications
HIPAA Privacy, Security Updates Coming
Federal regulators will issue proposed rules in May to modify the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules, according to an announcement in the Federal Register.

The modifications are necessary to implement certain unspecified provisions of the HITECH Act, a section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to the Department of Health and Human Services and its Office for Civil Rights.

The notice published in the Federal Register April 26 offers no specific details on the nature of the new rules.

Spokesmen for HHS and the Office for Civil Rights declined to comment on the Federal Register notice. Instead, they pointed to a statement on the OCR web site referring to rules still in the works, which had been due in February, governing "business associate liability; new limitations on the sale of protected health information, marketing and fundraising communications; and stronger individual rights to access electronic medical records and restrict the disclosure of certain information."

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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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