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Regulations governing the privacy of personally identifiable health information were published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2000 and became effective on April 14, 2001 . Most affected entities, which include health plans, healthcare providers and healthcare clearinghouses, have two years-or until April 14, 2003 -to comply.

These sweeping regulations will fundamentally alter healthcare delivery in this country. Because the new rule as presently crafted would likely impede even the appropriate flow of health information, the Administration and Congress have pledged to work to ensure significant changes to the rule prior to the current April 14, 2003 deadline for compliance. Indeed, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed significant changes to the rule in March 2002; HHS is expected to finish reshaping the rule in August 2002. Links to an enforcement fact sheet, an overview of the original rule , a summary of the proposed changes , and the compliance deadline extension prepared by our Washington Counsel McDermott, Will & Emery. Also set forth below is a link to the HHS Web site , which provides considerable information about the privacy regulations, including question and answer guidance.