HHS changes final medical records privacy breach rule

11/16/2009 | American Medical News (subscription required)

A rule finalized by HHS was changed to allow health care organizations to self-assess the potential harm when a medical records privacy breach occurs and determine if the patient needs to be notified. The Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information rule, expected to be enforced beginning in February 2010, originally required notification of any type of privacy breach, regardless of whether it caused harm.

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