Bill Softens Stance on Changes to Electronic Patient Records

A proposed law that would have made it easier for patients to see changes in their electronic medical records has been substantially changed to appease several California health care providers. SB 850 passed the Assembly Health Committee last week after a provision requiring all changes be included in a patient’s medical record was removed. Although providers still will be required to keep a log of all changes, patients won’t see that when they request their records, as the original bill intended. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, goes to the Assembly Judiciary Committee today. Kaiser Permanente, the California Hospital Association, the California Medical Association and the California Association of Physician Groups, among others, opposed the bill before it was amended.

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