Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Final Privacy Rule Preamble.. Accounting for Disclosures

12/28/2000

The rule grants individuals the right to receive an accounting of disclosures made by a health care provider or plan for purposes other than treatment, payment, or health care operations, with certain exceptions such as disclosures to the individual. The individual may request an accounting of disclosures made up to six years prior to the request. In order to fulfill such requests, covered health care providers and health plans may track disclosures by making a notation in the individual's medical record regarding the (manual or electronic) when a disclosure is made. We have learned through fact-finding that some health care providers currently track various types of disclosures. Moreover, the Department does not expect many individuals will request an accounting of disclosures. Thus, this requirement will impose a minor burden on small businesses.