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Ask CDT Video Answers: Health Privacy

Last week, Deven McGraw, director of CDT’s Health Privacy Project, took readers’ questions on health privacy for “Ask CDT.” Below, Deven answers health privacy questions via video. To see all of the questions and Deven’s written responses, visit “Ask CDT: Health Privacy”.

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OPM Plans Large Database of Health Records

OPM Plans Large Database of Health Records A federal agency recently announced that it plans to create a database containing copies of detailed electronic health records on potentially several million Americans. A little-noticed section of this year’s health reform legislation gave the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) authority to create the database, called the…

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CDT Issues Privacy Recommendations for PHRs

The Center for Democracy & Technology today released a report recommending privacy and security protections for personal health records (PHRs). CDT believes PHRs should be subject to comprehensive policies comprised of a mix of legal requirements and voluntary best practices. CDT’s recommendations – summarized below – are designed to preserve public trust in PHRs and enable the…

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HHS Issues Proposed Updates to HIPAA Privacy Regulations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a set of significant updates to health privacy rules yesterday. The proposed rule tackles how sensitive patient information is handled under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is the nation’s foremost health privacy law. Although the proposed rule does not clarify some outstanding issues in the health…

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But What About the Potential HIPAA Violation?

Last month, we blogged about how Humana (and maybe some other health plans) sent warnings through letters to its Medicare beneficiaries that they could lose their health care benefits and services due to health care reform legislation pending in Congress. In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an order to all health plans serving…

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Letters to Medicare Enrollees Pose Potential HIPAA Violation

Last week we learned that Humana — and possibly some other Medicare plans — inappropriately used enrollees’ personal data to send them letters saying they could lose their benefits and services due to the impending health care reform legislation in Congress. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) called on all plans serving Medicare beneficiaries to stop…

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Personal Health Records: Who Are You Going to Trust?

Personal health records (PHRs) have the potential to move our health care system toward a more patient-centered model by enabling individuals to store and share copies of their health information. However, many consumers hesitate to use PHRs because of privacy concerns. These concerns are justified by the uncertainty that characterizes our current system: there…

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Personal Health Records – is HIPAA the Answer?

There has been considerable discussion lately about whether the new privacy provisions in the economic stimulus legislation (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA) extend the coverage of the HIPAA privacy and security regulations to commercial vendors of personal health records (PHRs) any time they contract with a HIPAA covered entity. In a

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