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OCR Targets March for HIPAA Modification

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 16, 2012

HealthcareInfoSecurity reports the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will release the final version of modifications to HIPAA and the HIPAA breach notification rule next month. OCR Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy Susan McAndrew said, "OCR is making every effort to publish the final rules on all of the remaining HITECH Act provisions so these important protections and expansions of individual rights under the HIPAA privacy and security rules can be made available uniformly to consumers across the country," adding, "OCR is proceeding with all deliberate speed to ensure the major impacts of these regulations are fully understood and addressed."
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