• DHHS Proposes Significant Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Regulations
  • May 16, 2003
  • Law Firm: Dechert LLP - Office
  • On March 27, 2002, the Department of Health and Human Services ("DHHS") proposed significant changes to the privacy regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"). DHHS is accepting comments on the proposed changes until April 26, 2002. According to DHHS, the proposed changes are intended to maintain strong privacy protections for individually identifiable health information while "clarifying misinterpretations, addressing the unintended negative effects of the Privacy Rule on health care quality or access to health care, and relieving unintended administrative burden[s] created by the Privacy Rule."1