HHS Issues RFI for HIPAA Improvements, Care Coordination

December 13, 2018 - The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) on how to improve HIPAA regulations that would foster patient-centered care, care coordination, and patient data access all while protecting patient privacy. HIPAA regulations were passed in 1996 to create protections for patient health data. Covered entities must now adhere to a certain set of standards...

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Despite EHR Adoption, Patients Still Face Record Copying Fees

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Reviewing Patient Access to Health Data Under HIPAA Privacy Rule

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While the healthcare industry is surely transitioning to a more patient-centric philosophy, emphasizing patient access to health data, it is also becoming more conscious of health data privacy. With health records being stored digitally,...

OCR Clarifies Patient Access to Health Info in HIPAA Rules

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In the wake of the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit held last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released a fact sheet regarding patient access to health information and patient rights under HIPAA guidelines. The Precision...


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