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The Final HIPAA Privacy Standards: The Not so Bad News for Hospitals and Hospital Systems

February 01, 2001

By Susan Lively

On the eve of the Clinton Administration's transfer of power to the Bush White House, HHS published the final HIPAA Privacy Standards on December 28, 2000. Touted in numerous press releases and statements from the Clinton Administration and elsewhere as "represent[ing] the most sweeping privacy protections ever written," the final Privacy Standards differ significantly from those originally proposed. Despite the press, all of the news is not so bad.