Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Final Privacy Rule Preamble.. Section 160.102 - Applicability


The proposed rule stated that the subchapter (Parts 160, 162, and 164) applies to the entities set out at section 1172(a) of the Act: health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers who transmit any health information in electronic form in connection with a transaction covered by the subchapter. The final rule adds a provision (§ 160.102(b)) clarifying that to the extent required under section 201(a)(5) of HIPAA, nothing in the subchapter is to be construed to diminish the authority of any Inspector General. This was done in response to comment, to clarify that the administrative simplification rules, including the rules below, do not conflict with the cited provision of HIPAA.