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Edition 4: Updated – Direct Patient Access to Laboratory Reports

On February 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule that amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations allowing patients and patient-designated representatives access to laboratory test reports directly from the laboratory at his or her request. The rule also removes the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule exception of patient test result access when the reports are held by a CLIA-certified or CLIA-exempt laboratory.

This new rule offers patients an alternative to requesting copies of the laboratory testing data from the ordering physician. This change in the HIPAA privacy rule will allow patients or their representatives to view or be given copies of their laboratory test results through paper or electronic means…(Read More Here)

Edition 4: Updated – Direct Patient Access to Laboratory Reports

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On February 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule that amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations allowing patients and patient-designated representatives access to laboratory test reports directly from the laboratory at his or her request. The rule also removes the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule exception of patient test result access when the reports are held by a CLIA-certified or CLIA-exempt laboratory.

This new rule offers patients an alternative to requesting copies of the laboratory testing data from the ordering physician. This change in the HIPAA privacy rule will allow patients or their representatives to view or be given copies of their laboratory test results through paper or electronic means.

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Transition from EQC to IQCP: What it means to Physician Office Laboratories

On January 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new alternative Quality Control (QC) option for non-waived laboratory testing. CLIA laboratories can now begin to voluntarily transition away from Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) and begin using either the default CLIA Quality Control (QC) requirement, or the new option called the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). Physician Office Laboratories (POLs) will now have to determine if IQCP is the right choice for them.

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