The privacy standards in this proposed regulation would be closely integrated with other standards that have been proposed under the HIPAA Administrative Simplification title. This is particularly true with respect to the proposed security standards published on August 12, 1998 (63 FR 43242).
We understand that we are proposing a broader scope of applicability with respect to covered information under these privacy standards than we have previously proposed under the security standard. We intend to solicit additional comments regarding the scope of information that should be addressed under the security standard in the near future.
We also recognize that in this NPRM we are publishing slightly different definitions for some of the concepts that were defined in previously published NPRMs for the other standards. The differences resulted from the comments received on the previous NPRMs as well as the conceptual work done in the development of this NPRM. As we publish the final rules, we will bring all the definitions into conformance.