HIPAA Regulatory Alert

Civil money penalties rule extended

The Department of Health and Human Services extended for one year the Sept. 16, 2004, expiration date for an interim final rule establishing procedures for imposition of civil money penalties on entities that violate HIPAA administrative simplification standards. The agency said it needs more time to develop a more comprehensive enforcement rule, and the extension was needed to avoid the disruption of ongoing enforcement actions while development of the comprehensive rule is finalized.