Throughout the course of the past year, some significant changes have been made to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). With the implementation of HITECH and the Final Omnibus Rule, healthcare providers and payers have been required to re-train themselves on the new regulations and processes as a means of remaining in compliance with the law. This has created some stress and confusion - especially with regards to how to go about handling the release of information process in a manner that adheres to the latest HIPAA requirements.
Handling release of information requests has always been a sensitive matter and has created challenges for healthcare professionals, but the newest HIPAA requirements make things all the more difficult. Do you feel confident that you and your administrative employees are taking care of release of information requests correctly? If there's any doubt in your mind, it's very important that you take the time to brush up on the most current patient confidentiality laws. This post will explore the ways in which the newest HIPAA rules have impacted the release of information process, and how you can make sure that you're in total compliance.