Federal Legislation to Assure Confidentiality. (Patient Privacy)
Americans have grown grudgingly accustomed to having certain aspects of their lives open to inspection, be it their credit rating or job history. Yet, there is one area that virtually all of them wish to keep confidential--their medical records. However, due to the uneven patchwork of state laws regarding use and disclosure of such records, patients' rights and confidentiality have not always been adequately protected.
That fact was recognized by Congress when it enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, requiring new safeguards to protect the privacy of health information. The resulting regulations, crafted by the Department of Health …
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Publication information: Article title: Federal Legislation to Assure Confidentiality. (Patient Privacy). Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: USA TODAY. Volume: 131. Issue: 2689 Publication date: October 2002. Page number: 1+. © 2009 Society for the Advancement of Education. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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