[ Tuesday, August 27, 2002 ]


One other thing: I posted below that the Houston, Texas lawsuit (Congressman Ron Paul, a doctor, was a party to the suit) against HHS to prevent enforcement of HIPAA was thrown out. Now, I find out that South Carolina case has been decided in the government's favor at the district court level. One of the more interesting things about the South Carolina case is that the plaintiffs argued that HHS overstepped its statutory authority and began drafting laws, as distinguished from regulations. The US District court ruled that you could glean enough legislative intent out of Congress' actions in passing HIPAA to justify the long, broad reach of the HIPAA regs. The South Carolina medical society that brought the suit has apparently decided to appeal.

Jeff [2:27 PM]

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