The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) called its withdrawal of the breach notification final rule from further review last week “routine, formal regulatory processes.”
In an e-mail to HealthLeaders Media, the HIPAA privacy and security rule enforcer says it needs further review to craft the final HITECH-required rule that sets the foundation for how covered entities and business associates (BAs) respond during a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).
“The final rulemaking will take into account the comments received on the interim final rule and our experiences with administering the new breach notification provisions since last September,” OCR writes in the e-mail. “These are routine, formal regulatory processes.”
OCR withdrew the rule from the hands of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which reviews rules for government agencies.
The breach notification interim final rule is still in effect. It was published August 24, 2009, in the Federal Register and went into effect about a month later.
The provisions in the rule include: