Ruling Grants Patients Direct Access to Lab Results

Started by anonymous, June 16, 2014
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June 16, 2014

According to a ruling passed in February by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), patients no longer have to go through the doctor who ordered clinical tests to learn the results. Instead, they can get the results directly from the lab.

“Information like lab results can empower patients to track their health progress, make decisions with their healthcare professionals and adhere to important treatment plans,” former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a press release. Sebelius resigned from office in April.

The federal rule revises the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 to allow labs to provide complete test results to a patient or a patient’s designated representative upon request. The rule also removes an exception under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that protected health information at CLIA-certified or CLIA-exempt laboratories.

Patients can continue to receive lab results from their physicians, but this new ruling provides patients another option for access.

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Vanessa

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September 03, 2015
Does anyone know Missouri's legal age to be Medically self emancipated to stop unwanted Cancer treatments? My grand daughter turned 17 yesterday. In Jan of 2015 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Stage 3 and Stage IV. Children's Mercy Hospital is forcing her to take Chemo n many unwanted cancer drugs. She was told 1 month ago she was Cancer FRE. A diagnosis most pt's live for.! The Hospital broke her PICC line in her arm and gave her MRSA of the blood, 3 chest tube insertions under local anesthesia, bone marrow biopsies, chemo, and an ungodly number of PET scans. Although she was diagnosed "Cancer Free" the huge mass on her heart has shrunk but still remains. The other rumors are gone. The hospital now wants to do nothing for 2 months. If the Cancer is active again they will start radiation!!! How can she be "Cancer FREE" and still have the mass on her heart. She doesn't want ANY more treatments and doesn't trust ANY of her MD's, or nurses. Many pt's have been hotlined to DFS and have their children taken away. Plz help save my grand daughter. Thanks and my prayers go out to you and your families on your journey.
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