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View Resource Bush Administration Decides to Enact Medical Privacy Rules

Yesterday Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson and the White House announced that the administration would enact a new federal rule that protects the privacy of medical information. Proposed in the waning days of the Clinton administration, the rule grants patients full access to their own medical records and requires health care providers to obtain permission before disclosing...
View Resource United States Department of Health and Human Services Rules for Patient Privacy

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first in a series of guidance materials on new federal privacy protections for medical records and other personal health information. These privacy provisions come under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. From this HHS Office for Civil Rights page, readers can access the news release "HHS Issues...