Premier submitted comments today in response to the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR)’s request for information (RFI) on ways to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules to promote value-based care and improve care coordination.
Premier focused its comments on areas of HIPAA that should be modernized to adapt to the rapid evolution of healthcare delivery and rise in value-based care, as well as provisions that should be maintained to protect patients’ privacy and healthcare providers’ ability to appropriately use and share data. Among other recommendations, Premier urged OCR to:
- Reform 42 CFR Part 2 regulations to make substance use data more readily available to providers who are already subject to HIPAA patient privacy protection regulations;
- Continue to require clearinghouses to have business associate agreements with covered entities. Healthcare clearinghouses should not be provided rights to use and disclose PHI beyond those given to covered entities; and
- Not provide patients an “opt-out” from disclosures between covered entities, as this would result in additional administrative burdens for providers, likely require new technologies or functions, and be costly for covered entities.
Please feel free to contact Meryl Bloomrosen at Meryl_bloomrosen@premierinc.com with any comments or questions.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 165,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.