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Office of Civil Rights announces delay on HIPAA requirement for certain clinical laboratories

Washington—The U.S. Office for Civil Rights Sept. 19 issued a statement of delay "until further notice" in enforcement of the HIPAA requirement for certain CLIA and CLIA-exempt laboratories to revise their notices of privacy practices.

The NPPs of other HIPAA covered entities must be revised by Sept. 23 to comply with the modifications made to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules that were published Jan. 25 in the Federal Register (78 FR 5566), commonly known as the "Omnibus Rule."

The delay applies to specific types of laboratories that fall under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 as well as some types that are exempt from CLIA. Certain dental practices, such as the practice of an oral pathologist, may meet the definition of a laboratory affected by the OCR delay.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has posted an announcement on the delay on its website.