Paper Tiger

Over the past few weeks we’ve detailed some of the more frustrating issues faced by our data retrieval team when following up on patient medical records requests. The goal of each story was to illuminate, in detail, just how aggravating it can be for someone in dire need of their...

Digital Delivery

GovLoopAlmost any information can be delivered digitally these days, whether it comes directly from a digital database or as a PDF scan attached to an email, and the privacy rules surrounding the release of medical records have taken these modern capabilities into account for patients requesting their health data. Under...

The Signature Burden

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, who attended this month’s HIMSS Annual Meeting, tweeted “[w]e can sequence the entire human genome, but we still can’t get much more than a print-out, fax or CD ROM when we leave the doctor’s office.”Indeed. If we can even get that. At a time when legal...

Complying with the HIPAA Right of Access Requires HIPAA-Compliant Processes

MedSafeCovered entities have an obligation under the HIPAA Rule to provide individuals with the right to access and receive copies of their health information. Last week we covered the scope of this right, which is all information that is part of the “designated record set,” including images and clinician notes....

The Designated Record Set

The Business JournalsThe right of individuals to access their health information under HIPAA is one of the most frequently misunderstood provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Patients frequently underestimate this right and think they cannot access or receive copies of some or all of the information in their records. Why? Because...