The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a final rule setting standards for health plans operating in state health insurance exchanges, has dropped a proposed requirement that privacy and security incidents be reported within one hour of discovery, while at the same time noting it is still required by other regulations.

CMS noted that many commenters to the proposed rule issued in June found the one-hour provision to be not practical or workable. But, while dropping the provision, what CMS decided to do in the final rule may not be much of a change. CMS apparently decided the provision wasn’t needed because it’s already in existing legal agreements.

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