HIPAA 2021: 2. Proposed Regulatory Changes to Privacy Rule
HIPAA 2021 changes may be coming to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Recently, HHS proposed significant changes to the Privacy Rule, which include the following.
Reducing Identity Verification Burdens.
Under the proposed changes, providers and health plans would be required to submit individual access requests to another provider, and to receive back the requested electronic copies of the individual’s PHI in an electronic health record (EHR). Providers and health plans would be required to respond to certain records requests received by other providers and health plans when directed by individuals under the right of access.
Improving Information Sharing.
To improve information sharing, HHS has proposed to modify the Privacy Rule to state that under the proposed changes, covered entities need not limit certain uses and disclosures of PHI to the minimum necessary to accomplish the purpose of each