AHA, CHIME, other health orgs skeptical of HIPAA disclosure rule

October 24th, 2013

The Confidentiality Coalition, a broad group of hospitals, teaching colleges, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, and electronic health records companies, largely echoed the AHA, but is even more skeptical of the need for rigorous disclosure rules, citing the potential for overburdening covered entities and an incentive to look for information for “frivolous lawsuits.”

“In general, we see little appropriate patient privacy interest in the details of these disclosures beyond information that already is received by patients or that can be accomplished through other existing means,” the coalition wrote in comments to the Tiger Team.

They’re suggesting that the new rule “should only be applied to disclosures that are ‘through’ an electronic health record.”