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News Brief: HHS releases final HIPAA privacy regulations
You may be proud of meeting the Oct. 16, 2002, deadline for the transaction standards portion of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or you may have successfully filed your request for a one-year extension, but it is now time to look carefully at how your agency will comply with the privacy standards.
The final modifications to the HIPAA privacy rule appeared in the Federal Register on Aug. 14, 2002. Some of the most significant changes for home health providers include:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a fact sheet that summarizes the changes. To download the fact sheet as well as the changes published in the Federal Register, go to the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ web site: www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.