HHS Extends Comment Period for HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced it has extended the comment period for proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Proposed in December 2020, the changes are designed to improve patients’ right of access and boost care coordination.

The 45-day extension comes in response to the high degree of public interest. The comment period for the proposed amendments has been pushed from March 22 to May 6, 2021.

“OCR anticipates a high degree of public interest in providing input on the proposals because the HIPAA Privacy Rule affects...

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