The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has temporarily pulled a final breach notification rule it has developed but not yet published, according to an HHS notice. The rule had been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review before publication. It now is being withdrawn for further consideration based on OCR's experience thus far in administering the notification rule under an interim final rule.

OCR will not comment on factors that compelled the withdrawal. "These are routine, formal regulatory processes," according to a statement from the agency.

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