HIPAA happenings: 2023 year in review

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) had another busy year in 2023 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (Dobbs) decision. As will be subsequently discussed, federal agencies have moved to close the gaps in privacy protections for health information, with an eye toward protecting reproductive health information. Additionally, growing cybersecurity threats have increased the focus on preventing unauthorized access to health information.

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