UPI reports on the Department of Health and Human Services strengthening patient rights to access laboratory reports. “The right to access personal health information is a cornerstone of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. The final rule allows labs to give patients or their designees “access to the patient's completed test reports on request,” the report states. The changes allow patients to “obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining strong protections for patients' privacy.”
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