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.