HHS Seeks Information on Modification of HIPAA Rules

PUBLISHED: Dec 18, 2018
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to assist OCR in identifying provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations that may impede the transformation to value-based health care or that limit or discourage coordinated care among individuals and covered entities (including hospitals, physicians, and other providers, payors, and insurers), without meaningfully contributing to the protection of the privacy or security of individuals’ protected health information.

The RFI requests information on whether and how HIPAA rules could be revised to promote these goals, while preserving and protecting the privacy and security of such information and individuals’ rights with respect to it.

Some of the specific areas HHS is seeking feedback on changes to the privacy rule that would:

  • Facilitate parental involvement in care of their children
  • Assist providers in their efforts to address the opioid crisis
  • Implement HITECH Act requirements in a manner that minimizes regulatory burdens and disincentives
  • Eliminate or modify the requirement for covered health care providers to make a good faith effort to obtain individuals’ written acknowledgment of receipt of providers’ Notice of Privacy Practices

Follow the link below to review the RFI in its entirety and for comment submission instructions.

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