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HHS and OCR release RFI regarding care coordination, information sharing and HIPAA

On Wednesday, December 12, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules could be modified to promote the HHS' goals of coordinated care and increased information sharing. Aside from general HIPAA comments, the RFI is seeking input on these specific aspects of the Privacy Rule: 

  • "Encouraging information-sharing for treatment and care coordination
  • Facilitating parental involvement in care
  • Addressing the opioid crisis and serious mental illness
  • Accounting for disclosures of PHI for treatment, payment, and health care operations as required by the HITECH Act
  • Changing the current requirement for certain providers to make a good faith effort to obtain an acknowledgment of receipt of the Notice of Privacy Practices"

The RFI can be found as a PDF below, and will be open for comment from now until February 12, 2019. 

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