HHS Requests Comments on HITECH Accounting of Disclosures Requirements

In today’s Federal Register, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a request for information (“RFI”) regarding the HITECH accounting of disclosures provisions.  The Department is collecting information to help inform its rulemaking. Building on the current HIPAA accounting of disclosure requirements, HHS is required to issue regulations concerning what information should be collected about disclosures for treatment, payment, and health care operations made through an electronic health record.  

In the RFI, HHS requests comments on nine questions, including whether the compliance deadline should be extended. Comments are due on or before May 18, 2010. A detailed listing of all questions and additional background information is available in the Federal Register.

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