Ms. Guthrie's paper involves the final Privacy Regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to HIPAA. Her thesis highlights three burdensome requirements which remain significant obstacles to the compliance date of April 14, 2003: (1) the need to undertake thorough preemption analyses, (2) lack of clarity surrounding the "Minimum Necessary Standard," and (3) confusion regarding the "Notice of Privacy Practices." Ms. Guthrie provides a close analysis of these three areas and offers several viable and persuasive alternatives to the associated burdens. She concludes that HHS must make several integral modifications and provide substantial and continuing guidance to covered entities in order for the Regulations to effectively achieve their purpose.

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