Looking ahead to the Accounting of Disclosure Rule

The Office for Civil Rights has a proposed rule in the pipeline for changes to the HIPAA accounting of disclosure provision. While the industry waits for the rule to clear review by the Office of Management and Budget and hit the queue for publication in the Federal Register, Journal writer Chris Dimick spoke with AHIMA practice resources manager Diana Warner for some background on the rule–an accounting of accounting of disclosure.

OCR’s rule addresses modifications to AoD called for in the 2009 HITECH Act. Most notably it requires covered entities that use electronic health records to account for all disclosures of protected health information–even routine disclosures for treatment, payment, and operations.

That is a daunting proposition for providers, who say they have received few patient requests for accountings under the existing rule, which has been in effect eight years this month.

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