HIPAA: Rights and Responsibilities Related to a Patient's Right of Access
Understand what rights HIPAA gives patients to access their medical information and how you are expected to respond to this important legal right.
Since 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not only provided significant guidance for covered entities for providing patients with timely and complete access to all or a portion of their health information but also has brought 18 separate and very costly enforcement actions against health care providers and health plans who have failed to live up to HIPAA’s standards. This topic provides a timely, practical look at exactly what HHS expects a covered entity to do in recognizing and honoring patients’ requests to access their health information and will help you chart (or recalibrate) your course for compliance under HIPAA.
• You will be able to discuss what rights HIPAA gives patients to access all or a portion of their medical information and how covered entities are expected to respond to this important legal right.
• You will be able to identify helpful strategies for allowing patients to exercise their right to access all or a portion of their health information as well as pitfalls to avoid in structuring your compliance program.
• You will be able to recognize how important the HIPAA right of access features are to assure that patients can timely get access to all or a portion of their health records upon request.
• You will be able to review your medical records and other HIPAA compliance policies and procedures as they relate to recognizing, honoring, and responding to patients’ requests to access their medical information.