Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Final Privacy Rule Preamble.. Section 160.201 - Applicability


Comment: Several commenters indicated that the guidance provided by the definitions at proposed § 160.202 would be of substantial benefit both to regulated entities and to the public. However, these commenters argued that the applicability of such definitions would be too limited as drafted, since proposed § 160.201 provided that the definitions applied only to "determinations and advisory opinions issued by the Secretary pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1320d-7." The commenters stated that it would be far more helpful to make the definitions in proposed § 160.202 more broadly applicable, to provide general guidance on the issue of preemption.

Response: We agree with the comments on this issue, and have revised the applicability provision of subpart B below accordingly. Section 160.201 below sets out that Subpart B implements section 1178. This means, in our view, that the definitions of the statutory terms at § 160.202 are legislative rules that apply when those statutory terms are employed, whether by HHS, covered entities, or the courts.