Capsules: New Rule Gives Patients Direct Access To Their Lab Reports

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Ankita Rao reports: "Calling your doctor to get lab results might be a thing of the past: a new federal rule will allow patients to have direct access to their completed laboratory reports. The regulation was announced Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services. It amends privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) that required patients to get their lab results from their physician, according to the announcement" (Rao, 2/4). Check out what else is on the blog.

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