Milestones in Health Information Privacy

04/12/2001

Milestones in Health Information Privacy

May 1997 Report on Privacy and Health Research
July 31, 1997 Protecting Privacy of Health Information: Secretary Shalala's Speech at the National Press Club
September 11, 1997 Secretary Shalala's Recommendations for Privacy legislation delivered to Congress
September 11, 1997 Secretary Shalala's Testimony before the Senate Committee on Labor & Human Resources.
August 21, 1999 Congress failed to enact legislation governing standards with respect to the privacy of individually identifiable health information by this deadline. Therefore, HIPAA requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to promulgate such standards by regulation. Proposed regulations, based generally on the above recommendations to Congress, are expected to be published this fall for public comment.
October 29, 1999 Clinton Administration Announces Proposed Rules -- Privacy Standards for Individually Identifiable Health Information. Published in Federal Register November 3, 1999; 60-day comment period ends January 3, 2000.
December 10, 1999 HHS announces 45 day extension to comment period; comment period now ends February 17, 2000.
December 15, 1999 Federal Register Notice with above change to comment period ending date.
January 5, 2000 Federal Register Notice of technical corrections to NPRM.
December 28, 2000 HHS Publishes Final Rule on Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information
February 23, 2001 HHS announces changes to effective date of Final Rule
February 28, 2001 HHS requests comments on Final Rule
March 30, 2001 Comment period on Final Rule closes.
April 12, 2001 Statement by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Regarding the Patient Privacy Rule