HHS began considering the rule after it issued in May 2010 a request for information to determine the public's interest accounting for any EMR disclosures. Of the 170 comments received from healthcare stakeholders, more than 120 said EMR disclosures would require substantial administrative and staffing commitments and create a financial burden. More than 60% said the information was of minimal benefit.
HHS is accepting comments on the proposed rule until Aug. 1, 2011. If approved, the rule would go into effect in January 2013.