ONC Report Details Knowledge Gap in Medical Record Request Policies

The frustrations consumers face in obtaining copies of their own medical records is not lost on federal health IT officials, as shown in ONC’s new report: “Improving the Health Records Request Process.”

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AHIMA Releases Standardized Patient Request for Information Form
Jul20

AHIMA Releases Standardized Patient Request for Information Form

The free model Patient Request for Health Information Form is intended to help providers streamline patient health information request processes and ensure they are compliant with the Office for Civil Rights’ guidance on an individual’s right of access under HIPAA.

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Roger Severino Quietly Named as HHS Office for Civil Rights Head
Mar29

Roger Severino Quietly Named as HHS Office for Civil Rights Head

Without public announcement, Heritage Foundation alum and former DOJ trial attorney Roger Severino was named director of HHS’s Office for Civil Rights, which is tasked with investigating charges of discrimination. Severino has been critical of Affordable Care Act provisions that barred discrimination against transgender patients.

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Typically Included Disclosure Types for AOD Reports

This list of disclosure types typically included on an accounting of disclosures report is published as an addition to the article “Checking In on Accounting of Disclosures” that appeared in the Journal of AHIMA’s November issue.

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New Patient Rights Scenarios

HIPAA gave consumers the right to request that covered entities restrict certain disclosures of their protected health information, but it did not require covered entities to comply. ARRA does—in certain situations. ARRA also expands patients’ rights to an accounting of disclosures. How well do you know the new provisions? Test your knowledge with the following scenarios. Select the one best answer; each correct answer is based...

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