Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Final Privacy Rule Preamble.. Part 160 - Subpart A - General Provisions


Part 160 applies to all the administrative simplification regulations. We include the entire regulation text in this rule, not just those provisions relevant to this Privacy regulation. For example, the term "trading partner" is defined here, for use in the Health Insurance Reform: Standards for Electronic Transactions regulation, published at 65 FR 50312, August 17, 2000 (the "Transactions Rule"). It does not appear in the remainder of this Privacy rule.

Sections 160.101 and 160.104 of Subpart A of part 160 were promulgated in the Transactions Rule, and we do not change them here. We do, however, make changes and additions to § 160.103, the definitions section of Subpart A. The definitions that were promulgated in the Transactions Rule and that remain unchanged here are: Act, ANSI, covered entity, compliance date, group health plan, HCFA, HHS, health care provider, health information, health insurance issuer, health maintenance organization, modify or modification, Secretary, small health plan, standard setting organization, and trading partner agreement. Of these terms, we discuss further in this preamble only covered entity and health care provider.