On May 6, 2021, APA filed comments addressing the potential strain on psychology practices (PDF, 337KB) created by proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
At the end of 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed Privacy Rule changes intended to improve patient access to their records. Other proposals concerned changes around the Notice of Privacy Practices and facilitating care coordination and case management (CC/CM) activities between various entities.
APA’s comments focused on patient privacy concerns, as well as the unique burdens that the changes would pose for psychology practices, particularly smaller ones.
After considering the comments received from APA and other stakeholders, HHS will develop final regulations to implement the proposed changes. Based on the timeline of prior HIPAA changes, it is expected that the final rule would likely take effect some time in 2021 or 2022.