Changes to HIPAA Requirements Finalized

January 18, 2013

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, according to an HHS press release.

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; and

  • 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.

Click here to download a copy of the rule.

Visit ASCA’s HIPAA webpage for a complete list of resources.