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HHS Releases Plan, Appoints OCR Director

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 13, 2011

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology at HHS has released the final version of its Federal Health Information Strategic Plan, reports ModernHealthcare. The new version calls for an "HHS Inter-Division Task Force" to establish policy direction on privacy and security issues. An ONC spokeswoman said a major area being addressed is patient choice in the electronic exchange of their health information. Meanwhile, HHS has announced the appointment of Leon Rodriguez as director of the Office for Civil Rights. David Wright Tremaine partner Adam Greene opines that the biggest question for HIPAA covered entities and business associates will be what impact this will have on enforcement. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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