HHS Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.July 8, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules, according to an agency press release. HHS will accept public comments for the next 60 days. The HITECH Act required HHS to modify the rules in order to strengthen privacy and security protections in the electronic health information environment. The changes extend the rules to business associates of HIPAA-covered entities and establish new limitations on the use and disclosure of protected health information, among other modifications.