HIPAA, HITECH FINAL RULES ANTICIPATED BY EARLY 2011

The HIPAA and HITECH final rules could be published by the end of 2010 or early 2011.

Adam H. Greene, JD, MPH, senior health information technology and privacy specialist for the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced this prediction on October 4, 2010 during the Fourth Annual HIPAA Summit West: Healthcare Privacy and Security after HITECH and Health Reform.

Greene would not guarantee his prediction.  However, this past summer, Greene accurately said he expected a proposed rule on changes to the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules to be released around July 8, 2010.  That is exactly the date that the display copy of the rule was released.  The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2010.

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