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HIPAA Rule Nears Publication

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 27, 2012

Health Data Management reports the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has forwarded the final HIPAA omnibus rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The OMB review of the rule's economic and regulatory impact marks one of the final steps before publication. "Major changes in the rule could include eliminating or amending the 'harm threshold' provision that currently enables covered entities to not report on breaches determined to not be harmful, making business associates and subcontractors liable for breaches as covered entities are and requiring some degree of data encryption," the report states.
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