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HHS Rule To Be Reviewed

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 14, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is asking the White House Office of Management and Budget to review its new privacy rule that will provide "an expanded requirement that healthcare providers track and be able to report to patients any disclosures of their medical records," Modern Healthcare reports. The rule is aimed at improving patient privacy rights by building on provisions included in HIPAA. Meanwhile, a study is making headlines with findings that protected health information (PHI) breaches affecting more than 6 million individuals have been recorded since HITECH'S Breach Notification Rule was issued in August of 2009. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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