The following is a guest post from Mark LaRow, CEO of patient matching company Verato. For more than two decades, HIPAA has protected a patient’s rights to his or her medical records. But a patient’s access to those records often involves out-of-pocket costs, in-person trips to their provider offices, and even fax machines. As a result, very few patients have full access to their own medical information. Well, the HIPAA-backed rights just got a shot in the arm with the recently announced ONC and CMS proposed regulations, both of which build on the core tenants of HIPAA to deliver patients with electronic access to their health records. This expansion of patient access laws is laudable, but is the industry ready for what this will mean? Right now, the resounding answer is “no.” Why? Because providers have significant issues linking medical records to individual patients — in other words, they have a patient matching problem. As health systems spent billions … [Read more...] about You don’t think you have a patient matching problem. But will your patients agree?
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Dive Brief: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule Monday to require Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicare Advantage plans and health plans in the federal ACA exchanges provide their 125 million patients with free electronic access to their personal health data including medical claims by 2020. A separate but related Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology proposed rule calls on the industry to adopt standardized application programming interfaces, or APIs: the part of the server that receives requests and sends responses between computer systems. It also would put into effect the information blocking provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act by identifying what does and does not constitute information blocking. The dual rules followed swelling pressure on the government to release any details on how it plans to enable patients to regain control of their health information and share it with the … [Read more...] about HHS pitches standard APIs, free patient access to health data in long-awaited rules
Mark Scolforo, Associated Press Updated 12:09 pm PST, Thursday, February 7, 2019 Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, center, speaks at a news conference about legal action in the dispute between health insurance providers UPMC and Highmark Health, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Pittsburgh. less Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, center, speaks at a news conference about legal action in the dispute between health insurance providers UPMC and Highmark Health, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in ... more Photo: Keith Srakocic, AP Photo: Keith Srakocic, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, center, speaks at a news conference about legal action in the dispute between health insurance providers UPMC and Highmark Health, … [Read more...] about Attorney general takes on UPMC, Highmark over patient access
(Reuters Health) - Getting access to your own medical records might be a lot harder than you think, a new study suggests. Even the top-ranked U.S. hospitals can make records requests arduous, according to the study published in JAMA Network Open. “This study quantified the everyday experience of many Americans trying to get access to personal health information from a hospital,” said senior author Dr. Harlan Krumholz, director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. “The law is very clear. People have a right to their data. They have a right to digital data without per page charges. Our study revealed that even at the very best places, there was inconvenience, delay and often high cost.” Krumholz decided to do the study after a frustrating experience trying to get medical records for a family member. Focusing on 86 hospitals ranked best in the country by US News and World Report, Krumholz figured … [Read more...] about For U.S. patients, access to medical records often difficult and…
Tuesday, Aug 14 2018 8:47 AM full issue Health data is often siloed and doesn't move fluidly through the health system. Improving that communication could save billions of dollars a year, according to some estimates. The Wall Street Journal: Tech Giants Pledge To Ease Patient, Provider Access To Health Data The Hill: Tech Companies Earn White House Praise For Committing To Easier Health Data Access This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. … [Read more...] about Major Tech Companies To Take Steps To Remove Technological Barriers That Impede Patients’ Access To Health Data