LEFTOVER CLINTON PRIVACY REGULATIONS POSTPONED VIA AAPS ACTION
AN INTERIM VICTORY!!!Thanks to all of your responses that actually shut down the HHS email system, implementation of the HIPAA privacy regulations have been delayed!!! Secretary Tommy Thompson announced the delay late on Friday. (Below is the Associated Press article announcing the decision.)
WE CANíT QUIT NOW!!!Obviously, our work is not finished. The new extension of public comment period means that we must inundate HHS with our opposition.
As we stated in our previous message, we all have problems with some specific provisions of these regulations. But we can all agree that the regulations are so confusing that the Office of Civil Rights, empowered to enforce the regulations, can make up the rules as it sees fit.
THESE RULES MUST BE SCRAPPED!!AAPS believes that these 1,500 pages of complex regulations overstep the constitutional authority of a government agency, and will be initiating litigation to challenge them on that basis.
If you are interested in supporting this litigation, contact [email protected]. We will send you further emails and action alerts to help defeat these regulations.
Friday February 23 6:57 PM ET
HHS To Review Health Privacy Rules
By ANJETTA McQUEEN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration has a new opportunity to review sweeping government patient-privacy rules created late last year: A mix-up by the Clinton White House has prevented the regulations from taking effect.
Tommy Thompson, the Health and Human Services secretary, announced Friday that the department would re-examine the rules designed to prevent doctors and insurers from sharing confidential information about their patients and to punish them if they do.
The contentious rules will once again be opened to public debate, Thompson said. The department will open the privacy rules to a 30-day public comment period to begin early next week.
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