a group of records maintained by or for a covered entity that may include patient medical and billing records; the enrollment, payment, claims, adjudication, and cases or medical management record systems maintained by or for a health plan; or information used in whole or in part to make care-related decisions. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the designated record set is used to clarify the rights of individuals to access, amend, restrict, and acquire an accounting of disclosures.”
Many organizations are still confused or simply underinformed about information blocking requirements and need more clarity and information on how best to implement federal information blocking regulations set to go into effect October 6.
The Sequoia Project, a non-profit advocate for nationwide health information exchange, released several resources to help organizations comply with the information blocking requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Now it’s high time for providers to create a policy on what information is within their DRS and to document the basis for any circumstances in which this information is not immediately available to patients through the providers’ patient portals.
Health care providers that already have a policy or other documentation regarding their DRS should use the remaining time to review, re-evaluate, and update their policy and ensure that it captures all appropriate information.
There is work ahead for all of us, but we are ready for the challenge.
If your organization is panicking over the new regulations, Primeau Consulting Group can help navigate information blocking rules and avoid costly penalties.