The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services has published a notice detailing how it will use information from organizations reporting breaches of protected health information.

The breach notification rule requires reporting to OCR within 60 days of breaches affecting 500 or more individuals, with smaller breaches reported annually. Under the federal Privacy Act, OCR must notify the public of changes in how it collects and uses information. The notice, published April 13 in the Federal Register, details modifications to a "system of records," in particular, a computer system called the Program Information Management System (PIMS).

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