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HHS Withdraws Final Breach Rule

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 3, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has withdrawn a final breach notification rule. The rule was with the Office of Management and Budget for regulatory review but was pulled to allow for further scrutiny, Health Data Management reports. OCR said the administration is "committed to ensuring that individuals' health information is secured to the extent possible to avoid unauthorized uses and disclosures and that individuals are appropriately notified when incidents do occur." The office will publish a final rule in the Federal Register in the coming months.
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