PAI weighs in on HIPAA RFI

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) has submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights in response to a ‘Request for Information’ (RFI) that is related to “Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care, which seeks feedback on potential modifications that can help promote the transition to a system of value-based health care and encourage coordinated care between patients and hospitals, physicians, and payors while still preserving the privacy and security of individuals’ protected health information (PHI).”

PAI says that it “supports the agency’s efforts to address the complexities and obstacles currently created by the HIPAA Rules. [PAI looks] forward to exploring ways that allow physicians to provide higher quality, coordinated, integrated, and holistic care to their patients, while decreasing costs and increasing competition and choice in the health care market for patients and physicians alike. [And PAI reaffirms its] belief that opportunities exist to improve the health care system and believe this should be done by enacting policies and modernizing antiquated regulations, which serve to foster innovative approaches to physician collaboration that will bring the benefits of competition to patients.”

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