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Proposed HITECH Rules Forthcoming

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 16, 2010

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it expects to release proposed rules regarding the privacy and security provisions of HITECH, but HealthLeaders Media reports that just when that will happen remains to be seen. Attorneys have been discussing enforcement delays in HITECH provisions that went into effect on February 17 until the OCR formally publishes rules on such issues as business associate liability, individual rights to access electronic medical records and limitations on the sale of personal health information, the report states. Adam H. Greene of the Office of the General Counsel for OCR told HealthLeaders that the OCR's rulemaking will elaborate on the expected date of compliance.
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