The proposed changes are in line with the Trump Administration's focus on ensuring that regulations don't stand in the way of patients being able to access their own health information. (Photo: Tex vector/Shutterstock.com)

Patients and providers would have more decision-making power over their health records under proposed changes to HIPAA. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) last week recommended several changes that would make it easier for clinicians to share patient data with other providers, insurers and social service agencies for coordinating patient care.

"I give OCR a lot of credit for trying to come up with some proposals to really thread the needle in some difficult disclosure situations," said Deven McGraw, a former deputy director for health information privacy at OCR.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
NOT FOR REPRINT

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from www.copyright.com. All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.