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How New Amendment To The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Effects Patients

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  1. Allows laboratories to give a patient/person designated by the patient, his or her “personal representative,” access to the patient’s completed test reports on the patient’s/representative’s request
  2. Eliminates exception under the HIPAA Privacy Rule to an individual’s right to access his or her protected health information when it is held by a CLIA-certified or CLIA-exempt laboratory
  3. Gives patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining strong protections for patients’ privacy

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Source URL: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/02/20140203a.html

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