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ADA comments on agency’s request to modify HIPAA rules

Washington — The ADA is asking the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to incorporate flexibility and keep processes simple to help dental offices remain HIPAA compliant.

The request was part of the Association’s formal comments to OCR in response to the agency’s Request for Information on Modifying [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] Rules to Improve Coordinated Care.

In a Feb. 12 letter to OCR Director Roger Severino, ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin reminded the director that “many covered entities are small and solo dental practices, and that dental practices use a variety of electronic dental records with varying capabilities and functionalities, not all of which may integrate with hospital electronic health record systems.”