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Potential Changes on the Horizon for HIPAA

August 25, 2011

HIPAA

The Federal Register has reported that changes are likely to be made for HIPAA rules concerning disclosure of patient information. The new rule under consideration would give patients access to information detailing how their electronic health records have been handled by businesses who are covered by HIPAA regulations. This includes allowing patients to see all outside companies that your business has disclosed medical records to. From the press release:

 

“The purpose of these modifications is… to account for disclosures of protected health information to carry out treatment, payment, and health care operations if such disclosures are through an electronic health record.”

 

The changes, if made, likely will not take effect until sometime next Spring, 2012. Nevertheless, now is a good time to make sure that your partners follow HIPAA regulations, especially if disclosing patient information to them is vital to your operations. You can read (and comment on) the proposed changes at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/news/hitechnewsonaccountingdisclosure.html. Learn more about HIPAA and the answering service industry here.


Dexcomm is a Louisiana-based corporation that provides answering services to businesses and service agencies across the United States. We have been open since 1954, employ a staff of nearly 100 people, and our average client retention rate is 10+ years.

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