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Compliance with new patient right of access rule: Five things to know

Rita Bowen ( is Vice President, Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy at MRO, Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Disruption is the new normal. As a global civilization dealing with a worldwide pandemic, we’ve adapted to shifting guidelines, researched dubious news proclamations, and discovered a newfound appreciation for the routine. These three skills converge to support compliance professionals as they monitor HIPAA Right of Access Rule guidelines, research new enforcement actions, and hold steadfast to proven risk mitigation strategies.

This article provides an analysis of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforcement actions, outlines important areas for compliance in 2022, and shares the latest news on states’ push to enact their own consumer privacy laws. There are five valuable points for compliance professionals to adopt, research, and discover on their journey toward compliance with the HIPAA Right of Access Rule.

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