An Assessment of HIPAA-Compliant Methods for Achieving High Cooperation Rates from Medical Providers on a Medical Record Abstraction Program Evaluation
Evans, B., Burke, B., & Suresh, R. (2004). An Assessment of HIPAA-Compliant Methods for Achieving High Cooperation Rates from Medical Providers on a Medical Record Abstraction Program Evaluation. In American Association for Public Opinion Research 59th Annual Conference AAPOR.
On April 14, 2003, the world of medical record collection changed forever. New regulations were created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "The new regulations provide protection for the privacy of certain individually identifiable health data, referred to as protected health information (PHI)." The change in regulations created the first national standards for the protection of health information.
At RTI International, we were about to begin the medical records collection phase of a large data collection effort for the CDC. This paper briefly describes the changes we had to make to our data collection procedures to comply with the HIPAA regulations and how those changes impacted our data collection processes and results.