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    HHS Issues RFI on Modifying HIPAA to Improve Coordinated Care

    Ivy Baer, Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights Dec. 12 issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, P.L. 104-191) can be modified to promote coordinated, value-based care.

    In addition to broad feedback on the HIPAA rules, the agency is specifically seeking comments on the following issues:

    • Encouraging information-sharing for treatment and care coordination;
    • Facilitating parental involvement in care;
    • Addressing the opioid crisis and serious mental illness;
    • Accounting for disclosures of protected health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations; and
    • Changing the current requirement for certain providers to make a good faith effort to obtain an acknowledgement of receipt of the Notice of Privacy Practices.

    The AAMC will submit comments, which are due by Feb. 11, 2019.