Pharmacy Association Takes Issue With HIPAA Revisions

Law360, Washington (August 6, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT) -- The Specialty Pharmacy Association of America pushed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to rewrite or clarify portions of federal health privacy laws, claiming upcoming rules could jeopardize pharmacies' medication adherence programs.

An HHS final rule implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act creates some uncertainty surrounding pharmacies' customer communications and medication adherence programs, as it only allows pharmacies to recoup direct costs associated with reminding patients to refill their prescriptions and not other mailings or management services provided, according...
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