Proposed HIPAA changes generally favorable, though new burdens may arise, experts say

MedCity News

Anuja Vaidya

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule. If enacted, these would be the biggest changes to HIPAA in the last seven years, Randi Seigel, partner at law firm Manatt Health, said in an email.

The proposed changes, issued by HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, aim to improve information sharing for care coordination, strengthen individuals’ engagement in their care and reduce administrative burdens on providers and payers. But some of the most impactful provisions of the proposed changes may also be the most controversial, Seigel said.

Key provisions include allowing HIPAA-covered entities to disclose personal health information to social services agencies, community-based organizations and other third parties that provide health-related services.

“This is a significant change from...

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