Department of Veterans Affairs July 29, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Patient Access to Records
Document Number: 2013-18057
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation governing disclosure of information to veterans and other beneficiaries. The current regulation provides for a special procedure for evaluating sensitive records and determining whether an individual may gain access to his or her own records. The special procedure allows VA to prevent an individual's access to his or her own records if VA determines that such release could have an adverse effect on the physical or mental health of a requesting individual. We have determined that this special procedure is contrary to law, and therefore remove it from the current regulation.