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As many anticipated, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has pushed out a flurry of proposed rules in the months leading up to the Trump administration’s departure. Among them is a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would make significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

The NPRM, released by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on December 10, 2020, includes provisions that build on the themes set forth in the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, which was published in March. The proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule are wide-ranging, but the overall intent is clear.

Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB

Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB

Bowen is an established author and speaker on healthcare privacy and security. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having served as its President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors and of the Council on Certification, and currently sits on the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors. In her role at MRO, Bowen works with clients to ensure HIM policies and procedures are to code. Additionally, Bowen serves as the company’s Privacy and Compliance Officer (CPO).

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