The privacy protections guarding the care and handling of your medical records just got stronger… a lot stronger.
The new rules bolster prohibitions against use of a patient's medical records without consent for marketing communications; extend federal privacy and security protections to contractors (and subcontractors) of doctors, hospitals and insurers; improved your right to be notified when your medical records are lost, stolen or otherwise compromised; and clarifies your right to receive a copy of your medical records when you ask for it.
The new protections stem from the long-awaited final regulations to implement most of the improvements to federal health privacy protections enacted by Congress in the HITECH provisions of the 2009 economic stimulus legislation.
CDT is elated with the release of the regulations, despite a two and half year delay. We submitted comments on the proposed regulations, which were issued in July 2010. The final regulations adopt many of the approaches we've recommended.
New Rule Highlights
Over the coming weeks, CDT will be publishing in-depth analyses of selected topics in the regulations, but here are highlights of the more noteworthy changes: