Carol Levine: Understanding HIPAA
What It Protects and What It Permits
Written by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project at the Fund, this article was published in the February/March issue of the journal CareManagement (pdf reposted here with permission). The article examines the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, and discusses how the law is frequently misapplied. As the article reads, "The phrase 'as long as the patient does not object' has sometimes been turned into 'as long as the patient consents.'" The article concludes with a series of recommendations for care managers.
The full article can be downloaded below.
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