August 16, 1996
Filed under Health Privacy
While S. 1360 (the Bennett-Leahy bill) remains in limbo, Congress did take some action that impacts medical records privacy before they began the summer recess. The recently-passed Kennedy-Kassebaum Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HR 3103) contains a section known as "Administrative Simplification." This section of the Act mandates the development and adoption of standards for electronic exchanges of health information. It also mandates that Congress or the Secretary of Health and Human Services develop privacy rules to govern such electronic exchanges; however, these rules may not be in place before the electronic system is implemented.