[ Tuesday, April 22, 2003 ]
I have been informed that House Bill 330 has been passed by both houses of the Texas legislature and now awaits the governor's signature (very likely) or veto (unlikely). This bill deletes portions of the Texas state HIPAA statute that (i) required all entities that regularly deal in medical information to comply with HIPAA (regardless of whether they are "covered entities" as defined in HIPAA and (ii) set out the rules to protect health information that is being used in research. Those were the guts of the Texas HIPAA statute; most of what's left involves authorizing disclosures to public agencies and restrictions on marketing (these are actually tighter than the HIPAA restrictions).
Jeff [3:28 PM]
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