Rule would give pa­tients more info on how their data is used

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

HHS’ Of­fice for Civil Rights posted a pro­posed rule that could give pa­tients more in­sight into how their in­for­ma­tion is shared. The Civil Rights Of­fice has en­force­ment au­thor­ity for the HIPAA pri­vacy rule and said the pro­posed rule, to be pub­lished in the May 31 Fed­eral Reg­is­ter, re­flects changes man­dated by the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009. The stim­u­lus law’s health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy pro­vi­sions re­quire that cov­ered en­ti­ties us­ing elec­tronic health records be able to ac­count for— and re­port to pa­tients, at their re­quest— dis­clo­sures of records, in­clud­ing those re­lated to treat­ment, pay­ment and other health­care op­er­a­tions. The Civil Rights Of­fice noted that it is also look­ing to ex­er­cise “more gen­eral au­thor­ity” granted un­der HIPAA it­self. The rule comes less than two weeks af­ter au­dit re­ports by HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice took the Civil Rights Of­fice, the CMS and the Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy to task on what they found to be lag­ging ef­forts to en­force HIPAA se­cu­rity pro­vi­sions and pro­mote health in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity (May 23, p. 6).

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