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Watching States for Evolving Privacy Laws
“We are on the cusp of some very large changes because of the rise of privacy,”
says Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS, managing director, CompliancePro
Solutions, LLC, Titusville, FL.
Beyond keeping on top of the proposed information blocking rules from ONC
and CMS, HIM professionals also should be aware of evolving state privacy rules,
such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
He believes some state bills could blur the lines between patient-directed requests
and third-party authorized disclosures. “That is a big area that we all have to pay
attention to,” says McLendon, a member of the Privacy and Security Practice
Council. The practice council has developed a practice brief on patient-directed
requests, which is scheduled for publication in the November–December 2019
issue of the Journal of AHIMA.
McLendon offers this advice to HIM professionals who want to demonstrate their
value to their organizations during these dynamic times: Do not be afraid to dig
into the federal and state rules. “A lot of folks are reticent to read them, but if you
read them, they are often plainly understood,” he says.
Understanding the rules is important because HIM professionals should keep
their organization’s chief information officers, chief medical information officers,
and other IT leaders informed about potential changes in privacy and security
regulations and how they impact HIM, McLendon says. Having this educational
role can help HIM leaders have influence into their organization’s privacy and
security processes as they evolve.
“We are going to need to make noise if we think we are being left out of process
development,” McLendon says.
Enhancing Your Knowledge
“The past 24 months have been the fastest that I have seen the privacy world
move,” says Elizabeth Delahoussaye, RHIA, CHPS, chief privacy officer for
Ciox Heath, Alpharetta, GA. At the heart of these recent proposals is the current
administration’s goal to ensure appropriate access to health information and
connect patients to their care.
“We are on the cusp of some
very large changes because
of the rise of privacy”
–Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS