Health Information Management

HITECH regulations may come soon -- or four months from now

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 19, 2010

Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule regulations could be published in the Federal Register within the next 120 days. On April 12, HHS sent regulations for review to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) per HITECH requirements, according to privacy and security experts.

Asked when it believes rules will be public, a spokesperson from OCR, which oversees enforcement of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, wrote in an e-mail to HIPAA Update April 14, “HHS cannot predict the OMB timeline.”

John R. Christiansen of Christiansen IT Law in Seattle says he expects to see the regulations made public some time between the end of this week (not likely, he says) and the end of the summer.

OIRA has 90 days to review the regulations, though the head of the submitting agency can extend that time and OIRA may request a one-time 30-day extension, says Jana Aagaard of the Law Office of Jana Aagaard in Carmichael, CA.

Read more on HIPAA Update.

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