The VA has proposed changing a VA-specific patient privacy rule to allow the release of patient records to eligible community providers and HIEs without a hard copy of a patient’s written authorization.
The new guidance allows providers to use their own judgment when it comes to sharing information about a patient’s mental health status with friends and family if the intention is to prevent further harm.
Even HIPAA experts—from attorneys who helped draft the law to former government officials who enforced it—have trouble getting their records.
This summer has demonstrated hope for consumers and HIM professionals who have long been frustrated by the confusion that can ensue when a patient requests access to their health information.
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.”