The National Institute of Standards and Technology and HHS Office for Civil Rights will host the 4th annual conference "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security," on May 10-11 in Washington.

The conference is an opportunity to meet with federal officials to get updates on regulatory initiatives, better understand decision-making by regulators and debate the issues with them.

For instance, federal officials, who were reluctant to remove the "harm threshold" in the breach notification rule that allows organizations to decide if sufficient harm exists to warrant notification of a breach, got an ear-full from attendees at the 2010 conference on the need to scrap the threshold. Shortly after, a final rule was delayed for further consideration of the threshold and other issues. Federal officials at HIMSS11 in Orlando said the final notification rule, as well as final rules to modify the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules, will be released together as separate rules this year.

More information for the conference, which includes registration for the on-site event or access via a live Web cast, is available at nist.gov/itl/csd/hipaasec.cfm.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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