Society for Participatory Medicine Files Comments in Support of Proposed CLIA and HIPAA Regs Making Lab Results Available to Patients

As you may recall, in September the federales issued proposed regulations that would make all lab results subject to the basic rule that all patient records should be provided to the patient upon request.  See the post on e-patients.net explaining the proposed rule on access to lab results and its background.  Following discussion in the comments to the blog post and on the listserv (you can find the late-September thread by searching on “patient access” and “lab results”), I filed comments yesterday on behalf of the Society supporting the rule change, and opposing any delay in access by patients.  Thank you to everyone who participated in these discussions.

See the S4PM comment letter.

While the amendments required in order to make these changes are small, surgical edits, final action and implementation of this rule could take up to a year or more.

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5 Responses to “Society for Participatory Medicine Files Comments in Support of Proposed CLIA and HIPAA Regs Making Lab Results Available to Patients”

  1. […] We can get copies of our medical records from health care professionals and facilities within 30 days under HIPAA — and within a just a few days if our providers are meaningful users of certified electronic health records (it ought to be quicker than that … some day). In some states now, and in all states sometime soon (we hope), we can get copies of our lab results as soon as they are available to our clinicians. […]

  2. […] We can get copies of our medical records from health care professionals and facilities within 30 days under HIPAA — and within a just a few days if our providers are meaningful users of certified electronic health records (it ought to be quicker than that … some day). In some states now, and in all states sometime soon (we hope), we can get copies of our lab results as soon as they are available to our clinicians. […]

  3. […] more than two years ago. While it has been supported by many interested parties, including the Society for Participatory Medicine, there was significant opposition to the rule from organized medicine on the grounds that […]

  4. […] We can get copies of our medical records from health care professionals and facilities within 30 days under HIPAA — and within a just a few days if our providers are meaningful users of certified electronic health records (it ought to be quicker than that … some day). In some states now, and in all states sometime soon (we hope), we can get copies of our lab results as soon as they are available to our clinicians. […]

  5. […] Why did it take two years to finalize these rule changes? There is significant opposition to the notion that patients should have direct access to lab test results. You can get a sense of the opposition by reading some of the physician comments on a recent post on the subject by Alice Leiter and Deven McGraw on The Health Care Blog. That post and other communications (e.g. an on line petition) have tried over the past two years to hurry this thing up. I don't think that any of these efforts has been effective in moving the regulation forward; the agency took a giant leap at the outset of this process, trying to do the right thing, and has been moving forward slowly, presumably in the face of opposition.  (All comments filed on the proposed rule may be found here. The SPM comments are posted here.) […]

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