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Privacy Rule Updated !

US Health and Human Services (HHS) updated the HIPAA Privacy Rule. From the Summary section:

"... The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or “Department”) is issuing this final rule to modify the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (“Privacy Rule”) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH Act). The Department is issuing this final rule after careful consideration of all public comments received in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy (“2023 Privacy Rule NPRM”) and public comments received on proposals to revise provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule in the NPRM for the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records (“2022 Part 2 NPRM”)..."

These changes are made current 60 days following updates to the Federal Register. The Rule language updates are found starting on page 276 of the 291 page document. We recommend that our client's HIPAA Privacy Officers are made aware and update their policies appropriately, as this information applies. As this is not legal advice, our clients may need to meet with their council to ensure compliance. The graphic below is linked to the final rule document.

Stay (HIPAA) safe,

Alan -

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