Patients Can Send Protected Health Information to Anyone, Says HHS

March 2, 2016 | Risk Management News

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​Individuals have the right to access their own protected health information (PHI) and send it to anyone they chose, reiterated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a recently released Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidance. Information that can be considered Right of Access includes: medical and billing records covered by a healthcare provider; enrollment, payment, claims adjudication, and case or medical management systems maintained by a health plan; or other records that are used by healthcare entities to make decisions about an individual's care.

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