New HIPAA rules won’t enhance privacy, but they will burden physicians

Jared M. Rhoads, Director of the Center for Objective Health Policy, comments:

Hospitals and physician practices are waiting with bated breath for the final changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected to release by the end of the year. One of the new rules could require healthcare providers to keep track of the instances in which patients’ health information is shared with third parties for reasons including treatment and managing payments. Advocates argue that the rule would provide a critical consumer protection. What the rule actually creates is a substantial burden on hospitals and physician practices to establish new capabilities, while failing to enhancing privacy for patients in a meaningful way.


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