[ Friday, April 11, 2003 ]


A group of privacy advocates has just filed a court case seeking to stop implementation of the Privacy provisions of HIPAA. They complain that HIPAA is unconstitutional because it eliminates the right to privacy of one's medical records. Hmmm, I thought HIPAA was all about securing privacy. What do I know?

Also, that stupid "STOHP" act has been filed (re-filed?). Congressmen Waxman and Dingell want to restore the consent requirement that HHS wisely removed from the privacy regulations back in 2002. As you might recall, the consent requirement would prevent a specialist from reviewing a patient chart, and would prevent a pharmacist from filling a prescription, until the patient actually showed up at the office or pharmacy and signed a consent form.

Jeff [5:28 PM]

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