[ Monday, December 16, 2002 ]
Privacy Regs back off track? From BNA:
FINAL ELECTRONIC SECURITY RULE RELEASE UNLIKELY BY YEAR'S
END, SOURCES SAY
A much-anticipated final rule designed to ensure the
security of electronic health care transmissions will
probably not come out in 2002, according to sources quoting
officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Although CMS officials said Dec. 13 the agency still "hopes"
to have the rule out by Dec. 27, 2002, private-sector
sources briefed by CMS officials say the Bush administration
is still reviewing the regulation. Ken Yale, vice president
and director of consulting and development at EduNeering
Inc., and James Schuping, executive director of the
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, an organization
of industry representatives that works to promote electronic
data interchange in health care, confirmed that CMS
officials said a 2002 issue date is unlikely. The officials
said the Department of Health and Human Services, the parent
department of CMS, had numerous comments on the proposed
final rule that would "delay" its release.
That will sure make my holiday nicer.
Jeff [1:42 PM]
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