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HIPAA Omnibus Rule Expected Within 90 Days - Pending Review at OMB

Written by: Dianne Bourque and Stephanie Willis

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced March 26 that the long-awaited rule updating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  The omnibus rule, which covers four previously released proposed and interim final rules, is expected to take a full 90 days permitted for OMB review.

The omnibus rule will include the final rules for the following: 

OCR Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy, Susan McAndrew, made the announcement at the 20th National HIPAA Summit.  If OMB does take the full 90 days for its review, the final rule will be issued in late June 2012.

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Dianne J. Bourque advises health care clients on licensure, regulatory, contractual, risk management, and patient care matters for Mintz. Dianne counsels researchers and research sponsors on FDA and OHRP regulations. She also counsels clients on data privacy issues, including HIPAA standards.