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Patients to See Health Records in 15 Days With HHS Proposal (1)

Dec. 10, 2020, 5:42 PM; Updated: Dec. 10, 2020, 8:51 PM

Health care providers would have fewer barriers to share patient’s health information and give patients access to their own records under an HHS proposal released Thursday.

Patients would be better informed about their right to their own records under the rule. It would cut providers’ response time for record requests from 30 days to 15 days with a 15-day extension possible, the Department of Health and Human Services said. It would also give providers more leeway to disclose private health information when harm to a patient is “serious and reasonably foreseeable,” a lower bar than previously required.

That leeway for...

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