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In March 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final omnibus rule modifying various aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to implement provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). These rules include a few notable changes that affect research programs, including provisions related to compound authorizations and authorizations for future research use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI).

New HIPAA rules clarify authorizations