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Conference on Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security, June 6 & 7, 2012


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend CLIA and the HIPAA Privacy Rule – 9/14/2011 (GPO)

HITECH Act Reports to Congress  - 9/1/11

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for HIPAA Privacy Rule Accounting of Disclosures under HITECH

Mass General Hospital Settles Potential HIPAA Violations

HHS Imposes a $4.3M Civil Money Penalty for HIPAA Privacy Rule Violations



Breach Notification Final Rule Update - 7/28/10

Resolution Agreement with Rite Aid Corporation - 7/27/10

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement HITECH Act Modifications – 7/14/10

Risk Analysis Final Guidance - 7/14/10

HITECH Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - 7/08/10

HITECH Accounting of Disclosures Request for Information - 5/03/10

HITECH Act Rulemaking and Implementation Update


Patient Safety Rule Penalty Inflation Adjustment Effective - 11/23/09

HITECH Enforcement Interim Final Rule - 10/29/09

GINA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - 10/1/09

Patient Safety Rule Penalty Inflation Adjustment - 8/25/09

HITECH Breach Notification Interim Final Rule - 8/19/09

Regional Office Privacy Advisors - 8/14/09

Secretary Delegates HIPAA Security Rule to OCR

HITECH Breach Notification Guidance and Request for Public Comment - 4/17/09

Resolution Agreement with CVS Pharmacy, Inc. - 2/18/09

HIPAA & Disposal of Protected Health Information FAQs - 2/18/09

HIPAA and Family Medical History FAQs- 1/13/09


HIPAA & Health Information Technology Guidance - 12/15/2008

HHS/ED Joint Guidance on the Application of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Health Records - 11/25/08

HIPAA Privacy Guides to Communications with Family, Friends, and Others Involved in a Patient's Care - 9/16/08:

HHS and Providence Health & Services enter Resolution Agreement - 7/15/08

New Patient Safety Proposed Regulation Aims to Improve Health Care Quality and Patient Safety - 02/12/08



OCR granted authority to enforce confidentiality protections of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 Delegation of Authority - 5/19/06

Updated Version of HIPAA Administrative Simplification Regulation Text - 4/5/06 (PDF -101 pages)

Final Enforcement Rule Published - 2/16/06 (PDF - 300KB)


Hurricane Katrina Bulletin #2: Compliance Guidance and Enforcement Statement - 9/9/05

Bulletin: Disclosing PHI in Emergency Situations - 9/2/05

Proposed Enforcement Rule Published - 4/18/05 (PDF - 258KB)



Expiration Date for CMP Procedures Rule Extended to September 2005 - 9/16/04 [PDF- 48KB]

New Consumer Fact Sheets

Using OCR resources to fight myths about the Privacy Rule - 5/18/04



OCR issues caution about misleading marketing on HIPAA training - 8/4/03

How to File a Privacy Complaint Fact Sheet and Privacy Complaint Form posted in Spanish/en Espanol - 4/29/03

Interim Final Rule: Civil Money Penalties: Procedures for Investigations, Imposition of Penalties, and Hearings [PDF] - 4/17/03

Privacy Guidance about Authorizations for Research and Institutional Review Boards (PDF-2 pages) - 4/15/03

Protecting the Privacy of Patients' Health Information Fact Sheet - 4/14/03

OCR posts Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule- 4/11/03

Statement by Tommy G. Thompson Secretary of Health and Human Services Regarding New Federal Privacy Regulations  - 04/11/03

CDC and HHS issue guidance about the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Public Health (CDC) - 4/11/03

Notice of Addresses for Submission of HIPAA Privacy Complaints published in Federal Register (PDF-2 pages) - 3/20/03

Notice of Address for Submission of Requests for Preemption Exception Determination published in Federal Register (PDF-2 pages) - 3/11/03

HHS adopts final security standards for protecting individually identifiable health information when it is maintained or transmitted electronically by health plans, certain health care providers, and health care clearinghouses.


OCR Guidance Explaining Significant Aspects of the HIPAA Privacy Rule - 12/4/02

Complete Regulation Text for the Privacy Rule (Parts 160 and 164), as modified 5/31/02 and 8/14/02 (PDF-55 pages) - 10/8/02

HHS Final Changes to Privacy Rule that Protect Privacy, Access to Care.  HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson issues final changes to HHS' health privacy regulations to ensure strong privacy protections while correcting unintended consequences that threatened patients' access to quality health care - 8/9/02

Final Modifications to the Privacy Rule, Federal Register (PDF-93 pages) - 8/14/02

HHS Deputy Secretary Claude A. Allen Testifies Before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the Proposed Modifications to the Privacy Rule. Read Deputy Secretary Allen’s testimony. - 4/16/02



HHS Issues First Guidance on New Patient Privacy Protections - 7/6/01

Statement by Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Regarding the Patient Privacy Rule - 4/12/01

Press Release on Effective Date Delay and 30-Day Public Comment Period  - 2/23/01



HHS Announces Final Regulation Establishing First-Ever National Standards to Protect Patients' Personal Medical Records, Press Release - 12/20/00

Remarks by the President on Medical Privacy - 12/20/00