Publication of the HIPAA/HITECH Act Omnibus Final Rule has been delayed. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the department responsible for reviewing the regulations, has requested an extended review period for the rules. This extended review period will last for 30 days, and requires special approval for further extension. Commentators anticipate that a decision on the rule should be issued by July 23.
The proposed rule is expected to modify several components of HIPAA, including the Breach Notification Rule, the Enforcement Rule, and the Privacy and Security Rules. Furthermore, the proposed rule will expand the scope of HIPAA provisions to cover business associates of entities subject to HIPAA. Healthcare professionals should be aware of these changes and proactively plan to comply with the revised HIPAA regulations.
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