New Patient Privacy Rules
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a
new rule concerning patient information. The rule is written to let patients
restrict access to certain health information information, bans the
sale of patient data without consent,
limits the use of protected health information for marketing and
fundraising purposes, and extends privacy and security requirements to business associates. The rule modifies the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
The new rule will enter a 60-day comment period
beginning July 14. You can make comments at the HHS website.