In this review: Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule (proposed rule)
Comments Due: 60 days after publication of the proposed rule.
Effective date: 60 days after publication of the final rule.
The big picture: HHS is proposing significant changes to HIPAA that would relax restrictions, make it easier for patients to access their health care data, and ease administrative burdens for providers.
In what would be some of the most notable changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act since it was adopted in 1996, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a range of modifications that, among other changes, would make it easier for patients to view their own health records or share them with other providers. On the provider side, the proposed rule would make it easier to share patient data — and more of it — among providers and health plans.
APTA will submit comments on the proposed rule to HHS.