New HIPAA Regulations released by HHS

Changes to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules are effective March 26. Make plans now to update HIPAA policies, procedures, and documents. The AOA is developing member resources to assist optometrists with this process.

Most notable new regulations:

  • Patients will now be allowed to request an electronic copy of their electronic health record.
  • Patients will have the right to instruct their doctors to not share information about treatment with the patient’s insurance company when the patient pays cash for the services rendered.
  • Additional information will be required on Notices of Privacy Practices including information regarding patients’ rights following breaches of protected health information and information regarding a patient’s rights when paying for services out of pocket.

The full story can be found on the AOA Blog. Refer to AOA web site for FAQs and continued updates.

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