Comment Period Begins This Week on New Proposed Rules
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.July 12, 2010
The Hartford Courant reports on the new proposed privacy and security rules for healthcare providers, which were put forward last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The rules would expand Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) coverage to a broader group of providers and would limit the use of protected health information for marketing and fundraising. They would also expand individuals' access and disclosure rights. "HHS strongly believes that an individual's personal information is to be kept private and confidential and used appropriately by the right people, for the right reasons," said HHS Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts. The agency will open a 60-day public comment period this week. Editor's note: The IAPP will host a Web conference on the new proposed rules on Thursday, July 15, at 1 p.m. EDT.