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PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF PROPOSED HIPAA RULE STANDARDS OF 3 NOV 1999 FOR PRIVACY OF CERTAIN ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION

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New HIPAA Proposed Rule and HCFA Commentary Regarding Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information Published in Federal Register 3 NOV 1999

Pages 59918-59966

Pages 59967-60016

Pages 60017-60065

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Indexed Proposed HIPAA Rule Regarding Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

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HHS Announces Proposed Rule on Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp/

The following was received (unencrypted, unauthenticated and unrepudiated thusfar) via the Internet from OSASPE/DHHS on May 9, 1999 (slightly edited for tabular presentation):

"Tentative Schedule for Publication of HIPAA Administrative Simplification Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services is planning to issue HIPAA regulations under the following schedule. The amount of time from publication of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to publication of the final rule is needed to review and respond to the large number of comments received on the NPRMs. (For example, we received over 17,000 comments on the Transactions and Coding NPRM alone). Both the logistics of handling that many comments, and the analysis of the issues raised impact on the time it is taking to develop the final rule. In addition, these rules need to be reviewed not only within the Department of Health and Human Services and a number of its subordinate agencies, but also with several other Federal departments affected by the rules. This schedule is, of course, subject to change due to a number of circumstances.

NPRMs Already Published:

Standard NPRM Published -- Expect Final Rule

Transactions and Coding 5/07/98 -- 11/99

National Provider Identifier 5/07/98 -- 12/99

National Employer Identifier 6/16/98 -- 12/99

Security 8/12/98 -- 12/99

NPRMs in Development:

National Health Plan Identifier 12/99 -- 5/2001

Claims Attachments 9/99 -- 9/2000

National Individual Identifier (On hold pending privacy)

*Standards are required to be implemented within 2 years of the effective date of the final rule; generally 60 days after publication of the rule. However, the effective date for the National Provider Identifier is planned to be no earlier than 7/2000, to give the Department enough time to develop the system for implementing the identifier."


For information regarding the HCFA HIPAA security standards and other provisions affecting the delivery of and payment for health care, go to:
HIPAA Security: Protecting Patient Information
summarizing the proposed HIPAA security regulations.

Proposed HCFA HIPAA Rule For Security of Electronic Health Records

A proposed new HCFA rule regarding the security of electronic health records, pursuant to HIPAA, was published August 12, 1998 in the Federal Register. The proposed rule is available here in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format. The file will take several minutes to open or download - for Reader go to:

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Proposed Rule Regarding the Security of Electronic Health Records


See the final President's Letter published by National Health Lawyers Association in May 1992 at the conclusion of Alan S. Goldberg's term as President of NHLA, including predictions regarding the use of information technology in furtherance of the mission of NHLA. Download in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format. The file will take several minutes to open or download - for Reader go to:

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National Standard Health Care Provider Identifier

Standards for Electronic Transactions and Code Sets

Published May 7, 1998 under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-191). Comment period ends July 6, 1998. To read the NPRMs, go to:

http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/admnsimp/nprm/reglist.htm

These materials propose a revolution in health care information and technology. Implementation will undoubtedly affect everyone who is involved in the health care delivery, including those using telemedicine, employers providing health care benefits, and patients and their physicians.

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