The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) comes with a large
number of implementation regulations, some of which are not yet finalized and all
of which are extremely complex. The administrative simplification regulations for
HIPAA began phasing in October 16, 2002.
Communication from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicates
that federal regulators continue to develop additional HIPAA regulations and refinements
to current regulations. Under the circumstances, we are unable at the present time
to provide a comprehensive, definitive statement. Nor, given the breadth and complexity
of the regulations and the uncertainty still surrounding their implementation, can
we provide assurances on any given timetable or specific compliance factor. However,
we can advise you as follows:
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