HIPAA privacy: Excuses, excuses

April 27, 2013 2:01 AM

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HIPAA privacy: Excuses, excuses

Health information privacy concerns have been getting in the way of care providers' efforts to communicate with patients' families, and with people who could be affected by patients with violent tendencies, witnesses agreed today at hearing.

Some of the witnesses said policymakers need to create new exceptions in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy statute and the HIPAA privacy regulations.

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