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Getting Results from HIPAA

The Government Performance and Results Act (P.L. 103-62) requires federal agencies to establish clear goals based on their statutory authority. They must also report annually on their progress in meeting those goals.

With the HIPAA privacy regulations in place and enforcement delegated to HHS' Office for Civil Rights, improvements in privacy protection should now become a major part of the Results Act documents produced by these agencies.

This is not an easy intellectual exercise because "privacy" reflects the values of individuals, which governments are in a difficult position to protect. Nonetheless, if taxpayer dollars are to be consumed and business practices altered in the name of privacy, the results of that spending and regulating should be measured.


Strategic Plan Web site, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services

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[updated 01/02/01]

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