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Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules According to the HITECH Act

The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released its proposed regulations for the modification of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules (collectively, the HIPAA Rules) under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The stated purpose of the proposed regulations is to implement statutory amendments under HITECH, to strengthen the protection and security of health information, and to improve the workability and effectiveness of the HIPAA Rules.

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