Tiger Team reviews accounting of patient data disclosures

Patrick Ouellette reports:

Yesterday’s HIT Policy Committee Privacy & Security Tiger Team meeting discussed the background of accounting of disclosures for patient data and brought forward prevalent topics for its Sept. 6 virtual hearing.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) had been investigating the accounting of disclosures issue and requested that the Tiger Team hold a hearing on the matter while getting feedback from various stakeholders. The Tiger team maintained that among its goals was to “explore realistic ways to provide patients with greater transparency about the uses and disclosures of their digital, identifiable health information. Such exploration should also help facilitate implementation of the HITECH requirement that a patient’s right under the HIPAA Privacy Rule to an “accounting” of disclosures include disclosures for “treatment, payment and operations” when such disclosures are made through an EHR.”

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