In July 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights published a proposed rule, mandated under the HITECH Act, to strengthen provisions of the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules. OCR expects this year to release a final "omnibus" rule, which also will include changes to the breach notification rule.
If the final rule closely follows what was proposed, it will beef up requirements on covered entities, their business associates, and subcontractors of business associates.
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