HHS Issues Proposal to Implement HITECH 'Accounting of Disclosures' Mandate

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights published a proposed rule implementing the HITECH Act mandate to provide patients with an accounting of disclosures of protected health information for treatment, payment and health care operations if the disclosures are though an electronic health record. The proposed rule imposes a significant new obligation that covered entities provide patients with information about who has accessed their electronic PHI in a "designated record set."

Additionally, it substantially revises the existing requirements to provide more detailed information about disclosures of patient information in a "designated record set," whether electronic or hard copy, outside the covered entity. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through Aug. 1. Look for more information from the AHA about the proposed rule in the coming weeks.

06-03-2011 01:48 (EDT)