Pending Federal Privacy Legislation: A Status Update

In our initial blog post of February 20th, “For Your Radar – Huge Implications for Healthcare in Pending Privacy Legislation,” we broadly discussed six key issues for healthcare stakeholders in the potential federal privacy and data protection legislation. We committed to future posts comparing and contrasting specific legislative proposals. What’s happened...

How Many Phone Calls to Get to the Center of the HIM Department?

Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, covered entities — including hospitals, doctors, and health plans — must have processes in place to assure that individuals can exercise their rights, including the HIPAA Right of Access. We first blogged about this obligation back on February 12th .When we first started sending patient requests for their records, we...

Asking For A Friend

I often get asked whether a close friend or family member can ask for another individual’s medical records. The very sick often have little energy to devote to obtaining their records, a time and energy-consuming process, so friends and family members frequently act as caregivers, and they are eager to...