Even HIPAA experts—from attorneys who helped draft the law to former government officials who enforced it—have trouble getting their records.
Among the most confusing issues for ROI professionals is understanding how to respond to the many different types of requests for information from patients, their personal representatives, or from third parties.
Third parties are getting increasingly involved with consumer health data. But all of these technologies require the exchange of sensitive information—the protection of which consumers frequently overlook when they sign up for these online services and devices.
This slideshow walks patients through a typical release of information request.
Seeking to answer consumer questions on how HIPAA works for them, the Journal speaks with an attorney to explore various issues, from accessing deceased records to processing fee payment.
While HIPAA has clear guidelines about who can and cannot receive information, it is not a one-size-fits-all regulation since it designates much of the decision making to the covered entity’s “professional judgement.”