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HHS/OCR RIN: 0945-AA00 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: HIPAA Privacy: Changes to Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement 
Abstract:

This rule seeks comment on proposals to modify provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen individuals’ rights to access their own protected health information, including electronic information; improve information sharing for care coordination and case management for individuals; facilitate greater family and caregiver involvement in the care of individuals experiencing emergencies or health crises; enhance flexibilities for disclosures in emergency or threatening circumstances; and reduce administrative burdens on HIPAA covered health care providers and health plans, while continuing to protect individuals’ health information privacy interests.

 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 160    45 CFR 164   
Legal Authority: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), sec. 264 (42 U.S.C. 1320d-2 note)    Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, sec. 13405 (42 U.S.C. 201 note)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
RFI  11/01/2018  83 FR 64302   
RFI Comment Period End  02/19/2019 
NPRM  01/21/2021  86 FR 6446   
Comment Period Extended  03/10/2021  86 FR 13683   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/06/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Marissa Gordon-Nguyen
Senior Advisor for Health Information Privacy Policy
Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20201
Phone:800 368-1019
TDD Phone:800 537-1697
Email: ocrprivacy@hhs.gov