New Patient Privacy Rules in Light of Health Care Reform

By | Medical Malpractice

In July 2010, more than 110,000 people in Colorado who receive Medicaid were told that some of their private medical information may be on a computer hard drive that was stolen. The announcement was an example of new rules the Obama administration is seeking to implement to improve medical privacy laws. But the rules, originally written in 2009, are being rewritten after they were criticized by Democrats and consumer and patient groups as failing to fully protect patients. The rules are designed to specify when hospitals, physicians, insurance companies and others with patient information must disclose when and if patient…

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