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HHS considers modifying HIPAA

Source: Home Health Line

HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) to help it identify provisions of HIPAA privacy and security regulations that should be modified.

It wants to “remove regulatory obstacles and decrease regulatory burdens in order to facilitate efficient care coordination and/or case management and to promote the transformation to value-based health care” while preserving the security and privacy of patients’ protected health information.

The office wants to know about provisions “that may impede the transformation to value-based health care or that limit or discourage coordinated care among individuals and covered entities (including hospitals, physicians, and other providers, payors, and insurers), without meaningfully contributing to the protection of the privacy or security of individuals’ protected health information,” HHS’ OCR writes in the RFI. “This RFI requests information on whether and how the rules could be revised to promote these goals, while preserving and protecting the privacy and security of such information and individuals’ rights with respect to it.”

View the request for information at https://bit.ly/2QMMKRF.

Comments must be submitted within 60 days after the RFI’s Dec. 14 publication in the Federal Register.