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HHS Clarifies Patient Rights to Medical Records

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On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released a guidance that further defines patients’ rights to access their medical records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA’s) Privacy Rule. This guidance explains what records a patient is entitled to and what can be excluded from his request, helping to educate patients on their rights.