By The Pathology Blawg
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday published its final amendments to HIPAA and CLIA that will allow patients to have direct access to test results.
I talked about this back in October 2013 when HHS announced the patient access to test results final rule would be released soon.
In the broadest terms, the new rules change CLIA’s definition of “authorized person”. Until this rule, an “authorized person” was “the individual authorized under state law to order or receive test results, or both.” In many states, that meant only the physician, or other test-ordering health care provider, and not the patient.
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