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Recap of Recent Federal HIT Policy Developments: Part 3

Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) published a proposed rule to shore up the January 2011 Permanent Certification Program regulations.  The proposed rule is limited in scope and deals primarily with the responsibilities of the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA), including measures in the event of ineffective or improper performance by the ONC-AA.  The public comment period closes on August 1, 2011.

Also last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule to eliminate the exemption in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act “Privacy Rule” (45 CFR 164.528(a)(1)(i)) for accounting of disclosures of protected health information to carry out treatment, payment, and health care operations when those disclosures are made through EHRs.  This regulatory change was mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The public comment period closes on August 1, 2011.

On June 9, HHS and the Institute of Medicine will hold the second annual  Health Data Initiative conference at the National Institutes of Health main campus.  The agenda looks fairly interesting, and the conference will be accessible online and in 10 satellite locations across the U.S.

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