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Federal HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule

The federal government and many industry groups have led Americans to believe that the HIPAA privacy rule gives patients the final say over the flow of their personal health information. However, under the HIPAA rule individuals do not have the final say in whether their personally identifiable health information . . . (continue reading)

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10/21/2002 Newly Modified, Final Federal HIPAA Privacy Rule Eliminates Citizens' Control over Their Personal Health Information: A press release covering the October 21 conference at the National Press Club.
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10/15/2002 Legal Challenge to the Federal HIPAA Privacy Rule - A law firm representing the American Psychoanalytic Association is considering filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Medical Privacy Rule, which takes effect October 15, 2002.
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4/2/2002 Bush Administration Calls for Public Input on Final HIPAA Privacy Rule - Citizens have until April 26, 2002 to submit their comments on proposed changes to the federal medical privacy rule.
Apr. 2002 Update on the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Questions and Answers - How will proposed changes to the federal medical privacy rule affect your ability to control the flow of your personal health information?
4/15/2002 Medical Privacy Under Assault: Bush Administration Ignoring Pleas to Tighten Confidentiality - HHS is clearly siding with [health care industry] special interests. Link to article.
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