HHS floats major changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule

Healthcare IT News

Mike Miliard

The HHS Office for Civil Rights on Thursday proposed substantial new changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule, with the goal, the agency says, to further value-based reimbursement and improve care coordination by enabling greater patient and family access to health data.

WHY IT MATTERS
The notice of proposed rule-making, drafted as part of HHS' Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care initiative, aims to remove regulations that might impede communication and data exchange between provider organizations and health plans.

The agency says the proposed changes would expand individuals' rights to...

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