The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule enabling patients to electronically access their laboratory test result reports directly from labs.

The rule, available here, was published Sept. 14 in the Federal Register with a 60-day comment period, affects labs that are covered entities under HIPAA. The rule amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 that exempted labs from provisions that give patients the right to access their protected health information.

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