We reported a few months back that the end of June was the anticipated timeframe for the issuance of the final HIPAA rule. Recent comments from federal officials indicate that this might be a bit optimistic.
At the annual Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) Director Leon Rodriguez recently advised that OCR is “extremely close” to publishing the final rule. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, however, is reported by HealthData Management’s Joseph Goedert as being slightly less hopeful, stating at the recent Second Annual International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy that the final rule should be available by the end of summer. Although the exact date is not yet clear, the long-awaited final rule is certainly fast-approaching. We will continue to monitor any developments and provide updates as they occur.