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Grappling with HIPAA's hard parts
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:47:35 +0000 (UTC)

http://www.govhealthit.com/news/years-end-policy-work-hipaa-disclosure-accounting

By Anthony Brino
Associate Editor
Government Health IT
November 25, 2013

As the seminal year of 2014 approaches for American healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is getting an earful about implementing the HIPAA Accounting of Disclosures provision.

ONC's Privacy and Security Tiger Team is slated to convene the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd, two days before the team is giving the Health IT Policy Committee recommendations on moving forward with disclosure accounting. That comes as HHS prepares an interim or final version of rules that many in the industry deemed too hard to achieve — for instance, with mandated PHI access reports for patients.

The Tiger Team, which includes Epic CEO Judy Faulkner and Cerner informatics VP David McCallie, MD, is going into December with consensus on several topics, and with a philosophy of "less is more" for approaching the issue as a whole.

The "scope of disclosures and related details to be reported to patients" should provide information that "is useful to patients, without overwhelming them" and that doesn’t place "undue burden on covered entities," the Tiger Team said in an outline of recommendations presented during a November 18th meeting.

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