The American Health Information Management Association has weighed in with an 18-page formal response to the proposed federal privacy rule modifications.
AHIMA comments on proposed privacy changes
The Sept. 8 AHIMA letter (PDF) to Georgina Verdugo, director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS, comes in response to the July 14 proposed privacy rule changes pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
One key issue, according to the letter, is that “AHIMA members have many concerns” regarding the rule fleshing out the legislative requirement that patients have the right to restrict the flow of their medical records to their insurance companies for treatment the patients pay for out of pocket, according to the letter The AHIMA letter devoted more than six pages to those concerns.
“AHIMA members note that it is very likely that few individuals will request such a right, as a percentage of the total patient population, while the attempt to build any process or system to respond to this requirement will be costly for all,” the letter's writers said, listing only one of them.
AHIMA President Rita Bowen said in a news release that the restriction was “the single most contentious issue in the proposed regulation.”
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