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New Analysis: Medicare Advantage and the False Claims Act

Health Information & the Law project researchers, Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Elizabeth Gray, recently published a brief discussing how the Medicare program continues to transform to better support high-quality value-based care, yet the federal fraud and abuse legal framework has not kept pace with that shift. The authors highlight challenges associated with application of the current fraud and... Read More >

A message to our users

Health Information & the Law is a unique resource that is used by thousands of people every month. Funding for this project from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ended in 2016 and our pace of production is limited without dedicated resources. We want to keep the website available to the public as well as update laws, add new comparative maps and other resources, and ensure... Read More >

New Products: Pennsylvania Law and Policy Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Treatment Information: Challenges and Opportunities

Pennsylvania Law and Policy Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Treatment Information: Challenges and Opportunities   The Health Information & the Law team recently completed an analysis of the legal and policy challenges surrounding the disclosure of substance use treatment information in Pennsylvania. The goal of this brief and these appendices is to help stakeholders... Read More >

New Products: Interoperability Issue Brief Series

About this Issue Brief Series: As the American healthcare system shifts to reward value rather than volume, improving quality and lowering costs are high priorities among healthcare stakeholders. Increased access to data across settings has the potential to greatly improve the quality of health care delivery and care coordination. However, using and exchanging health information across the care... Read More >

New Products: Application Programming Interfaces

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) are sets of rules and protocols that govern the interactions between two software applications. They can be used to improve interoperability between electronic health record (EHR) systems. The proposed rules from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) both propose... Read More >

Why health information law?

Health information law exists at the intersection of many crucial and interrelated fields: law, health care, consumer protection, information technology, public health, insurance. Each small change can trigger a daunting set of issues and challenges. offers keys to understanding the laws that govern health information and the implications they can have across health care and beyond.

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About The Project

A project of the George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, Health Information and the Law (, developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  is designed to serve as a practical online resource to federal and state laws governing access, use, release, and publication of health information. Constantly updated, the site addresses the current legal and regulatory framework of health information law and changes in the legal and policy landscape impacting health information law and its implementation with commentary and key documents.  

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