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Once Pandemic Under Control, Eyes May Turn to New Federal Legislation

The prospects for new federal privacy and cybersecurity legislation are improving as the Biden administration takes office, although few observers expect action on the issue before the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control.

It’s unclear whether or how any such new legislation would affect HIPAA, or whether any HIPAA revisions would be included. But far-reaching cybersecurity and privacy legislation, if ultimately approved, likely would affect health care entities significantly even if HIPAA itself remains mostly untouched.

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