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AHA Wants HIPAA Access Provision Withdrawn

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 4, 2011

The American Hospital Association (AHA) says federal regulators need to "significantly alter" the access report provision in their proposed HIPAA disclosures rule, HealthLeadersMedia reports. In a letter sent to the Department of Health and Human Services, the AHA says the access report provision--which would allow patients to request a history of who has accessed and disclosed their personal health records--is "misguided and does not appropriately balance the relevant privacy interests of individuals with the burdens that will be imposed on covered entities, including hospitals."
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