NRPM: Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. iv. Duration of the right to request amendment or correction.

11/03/1999

We are proposing that covered plans and providers be required to accommodate requests for amendment or correction for as long as the entity maintains the protected health information. We considered requiring covered plans and providers to accommodate requests for a specific period or defining a specific retention period. We rejected that approach because many laws and professional standards already designate specific retention periods and we did not want to create confusion. In addition, we concluded that individuals should be permitted to request amendments or corrections for as long as the information is maintained by the covered plan or provider. We are soliciting comments on whether we should include a specific duration requirement in this proposed rule.