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Amendments Will Allow Patient Access to Lab Reports

    • ISSUE-brief-4-Patient-Lab-ReportsThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been amended with respect to individuals' (and their representatives') rights to access protected health information from external laboratories. These changes amend the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), allowing patients and/or their appointed representative(s) the ability to access laboratory reports directly from the performing/external laboratory. This change goes into effect on Oct. 6, 2014.

      The current CLIA regulations state that only an ordering practitioner, treating practitioner or the performing/external laboratory may be granted direct access to lab report(s). CLIA certified and CLIA-exempt laboratories have been excluded from HIPAA regulations pertaining to disclosures to this point, and a laboratory will still only be considered a HIPAA-covered entity if it conducts one or more covered transactions electronically.

      Consideration should be given to how the new regulations will affect the physician-patient relationship and what, if any, administrative burdens to physicians and their practices will occur as a result of the new regulations.


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