The long-delayed omnibus privacy and security final rule governing protection of health information is coming in the not-so-distant future, if not sooner, says Susan McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.

“Certainly by the end of the year, or one of us will be out of the door by the end of the year and I hope it will be the regulation,” she joked during remarks at the Safeguarding Health Information conference OCR is hosting with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington. “I really hope we are now targeting months, if not weeks, for the new regulation.”

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