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HHS proposes changes to HIPAA records-sharing rules

from Modern Healthcare

HHS' Office for Civil Rights has posted proposed changes to rules regarding the disclosure of patients' health information that could give patients more insight into how their information is shared. The 95-page proposed rule, published in the May 31 issue of the Federal Register, proposes changes to the privacy regulations under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The Civil Rights Office says the proposed rule reflects changes mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. However, the Civil Rights Office noted that it also is looking to exercise the "more general authority" granted to it through HHS under HIPAA itself. more

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