Our goal is to fix the obsolete and burdensome process mandated by Minnesota law for access and use of a patient’s health record. Currently, Minnesota requires patient consent to be documented before a physician is authorized to examine their patient’s health records. Patients overwhelming support (>95%) their physician having access to their health record and Minnesota is one of only two states to mandate this extra step. It results in delays, duplication of services, patient frustration and increased cost. We can improve care and lower healthcare costs by aligning Minnesota’s laws on clinical use and access of health records with federal laws. 48 other states already align with federal law by presuming that when you are seeking treatment you are also consenting to regulated access and limited use of your health records. Updating the law to make Minnesota the 49th state to adopt this proven concept would allow Minnesota’s providers to immediately advance cost-effective, high-quality care.
This legislation would not weaken the privacy or security of protected health information
Federal regulations, including HIPAA, the HITECH Act and the Omnibus Privacy Rule govern when, where and to whom health information can be shared. Those federal laws carry serious civil and criminal penalties when their requirements are not met. State regulations, including penalties for unauthorized release or access under MN Stat. 144.298, would not be impacted by this change. Read the FAQ and the Advocacy Letter. Click here to read about how “treatment” payment” and “operations” are narrowly defined and regulated under federal law.
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