OMB Extends HITECH Review
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.June 25, 2012
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced it is extending its review of the final Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act changes, which will cover various aspects of HIPAA compliance, Hall Render Blog reports. An extension is possible under two circumstances, the report states: by permission of the director of OMB, on a one-time basis for 30 days, or at the request of the rulemaking agency for an indefinite period of time. “It is not clear from the OMB’s announcement which of these circumstances occurred, and thus we cannot predict with any certainty how long the extension will last,” the report states.