SPOTLIGHT: HHS seeks input on HIPAA EMR disclosure rules

HHS is asking for public guidance on forthcoming rules about accounting for disclosure of protected health information in EMRs. The department's Office for Civil Rights on Monday published a request for comments on the strengthening of HIPAA privacy regulations, since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. HHS says in the request that it is looking to remove the exception for "treatment, payment and healthcare operations" that has been in place since the privacy rule took effect in 2002 if the disclosure involves an EMR. Article