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HHS/OCR RIN: 0945-AA04 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Considerations for Implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, as Amended 
Abstract:

This Request for Information (RFI) solicits the public's views on establishing a methodology for the distribution of CMPs and monetary settlements to those harmed by an offense under the HIPAA Rules relating to privacy or security. The RFI also seeks comment on ways to address in guidance or regulation the requirement for OCR to consider certain recognized security practices of covered entities and business associates when making certain HIPAA enforcement determinations.

 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 160    45 CFR 164   
Legal Authority: Social Security Act, sec. 1776 (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5) added by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Pub. L. 104-191, sec. 264 (August 21, 1996)    Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act (title XIII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009)    Pub. L. 111-5, sec 13410(c)(3) and (4)    sec. 13412 as added by Pub. L. 116-321 (January 5, 2021)    42 U.S.C. 1320d-5, as amended   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  The statutory deadline for issuing a rule on sharing of civil money penalties (CMPs) or monetary settlements was 2/17/2012.  02/17/2012 

Overall Description of Deadline: There is no statutory deadline on taking recognized security practices into account in HIPAA enforcement actions as the HITECH amendment does not require rulemaking. The statutory deadline for issuing a rule establishing a methodology for the distribution of CMPs and monetary settlements to those harmed by an offense under the HIPAA Rules relating to privacy or security is not later than three years after the enactment of the HITECH Act.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
RFI  04/06/2022  87 FR 19833   
RFI End of Comment Period  06/06/2022 
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:800 537-7697
Email: ocrprivacy@hhs.gov