HHS finalizes changes to HIPAA Requirements

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

According to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, modifications to the HIPAA requirements allow patients to:

  • request a copy of their electronic medical record in electronic form;
  • instruct their provider not to share information about their treatment with their health insurance company if they paid for their treatment on their own;
  • authorize the use of their health information for research and other purposes in a more streamlined manner.

The changes also set new limits on how health information can be used in marketing and fundraising and prohibit the sale of health information without a patient's permission.

The rulemaking may be viewed in the Federal Register at http://1.usa.gov/XnApg0. Visit ASCA's HIPAA webpage at http://bit.ly/V5hMx0 for a complete list of resources.