HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule – Patient Disclosure Options
Under the final HIPAA/HITECH rule issued in January 2013 patients are given a right to obtain restrictions on the disclosure of health information in electronic or any other form to a health plan for payment or healthcare services with respect to specific items and services for which the patient has paid in full on a cash basis, out of their pocket. These requests for restrictions must be granted by the doctor unless disclosure of the treatment is specifically required by law. Note, the doctor must also include this right in his/her Notice of Privacy Practices.
Doctors are not required by this rule to maintain separate health records or segregate restricted health information, but they must “employ some method to flag or make a notation in the record” that their patient has requested that disclosure of certain information be restricted. Of special significance, [Read more…]