A Department of Health & Human Services official has indicated that the department will delay enforcement of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act's "business associate" provisions, which took effect last week. According to the Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog, Adam Greene, general counsel of the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR), indicated that HITECH enforcement will be delayed until the final rules for those provisions are published. Greene made the comments at the American Bar Association's 11th Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law on Thursday. The provisions require that business associates of HIPAA-covered entities implement certain data protection safeguards.
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