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Groups Call for Alignment of HIPAA Privacy Rule, Other Regs

Gov Info Security

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

As the Department of Health and Human Services weighs potential modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, regulators must consider aligning those changes with other health data regulations that deal with privacy, patient access to records and secure exchange of electronic health information, some industry groups commenting on the proposal say.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society went even farther, commenting: "Our nation needs a comprehensive health privacy law that encompasses all these issues from a broader perspective and one that is implementable."

More than 1,400 individuals and organizations submitted comments to HHS' Office for Civil Rights on proposed changes to the privacy rule.

The proposed HIPAA changes were announced in December and published in the Federal Register on Jan. 21.

HHS OCR will review...

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