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Delayed Patient Data Access Targeted in HHS Enforcement Actions

March 28, 2022, 6:43 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services resolved four enforcement cases stemming from providers’ disclosure of protected health data and failure to give patients timely access to their records, the agency announced Monday.

Two of those cases were part of the Office for Civil Rights’ right-to-access initiative under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy rule, which seeks to guarantee patients’ right to promptly see their records at a reasonable cost. The other cases involved health-care providers accused of improperly sharing patient information with third parties.

“Between the rising pace of breaches of unsecured protected health information and continued ...