The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced that it is allowing additional time for public comment on proposed changes relating to access to and disclosure of protected health information (PHI). The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of HHS published significant proposed modifications to the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Standards in the Federal Register on January 21, 2021. The proposed rules were focused on supporting the transition to value-based health care by modifying restrictions on use of PHI for care coordination and case management. OCR also proposed significant changes in procedures for individuals’ access to their PHI. The original comment date of March 22, 2021 has been extended to May 6, 2021.

Many of the changes in the proposed rule are intended to provide individuals with easier access to their PHI. Major amendments include:

OCR also proposed some changes intended to reduce barriers to use of PHI for coordinated care and case management. These changes include:

Published: 10 March 2021 10 March 2021
Last Updated: 10 March 2021 10 March 2021