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New Products: The Blue Button Initiative

The Blue Button Initiative was created within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a way to improve veterans’ access to their medical records. Blue Button allows consumers to request information from health care providers, health insurance companies, laboratories, and drugstores. Although Blue Button’s popularity is growing, it... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with Bianca Frogner, PhD

Health Information & the Law interviewed Bianca Frogner, PhD, an Associate Professor and Health Economist with the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, for our Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Frogner speaks of her tenure as a Health Economist using data to better understand health consumers' experience at multiple levels of care. With her experience... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with ONC's Chief Privacy Officer, Lucia Savage

Health Information & the Law interviewed Lucia Savage, JD, Chief Privacy Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as the newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Savage discusses her role and unique experience in health IT- both as a caregiver for her elderly mother, and also through her professional role with... Read More >

New Map: Medical Record Retention Required of Health Care Providers

A new map titled Medical Record Retention Required of Health Care Providers: 50 State Comparison has been published. This comparative map shows the requirements for the retention of medical records in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as required by individual state law. Categories include time specific requirements and also requirements based on the type of provider or... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with Dr. Bruce Siegel

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Bruce Siegel, the President and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals located in Washington, DC, as part of our newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Dr. Siegel, who was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, discusses the benefits of health information... Read More >

New Products on Antitrust and Affordable Care Organizations

The Medicare Shared Savings Program was created as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (health reform legislation) and established a new type of care delivery and payment model known as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  Designed to improve quality and reduce costs in the Medicare fee-for-service program, ACOs encourage physicians, hospitals and other health... Read More >

New Maps: Disclosure of Mental Health Records

Two new comparative maps, Disclosure of Mental Health Records Pursuant to a Court Order, and Disclosure of Mental Health Records with Patient Consent, have been posted. Disclosure of Mental Health Records Pursuant to a Court Order, which can be found here, compares instances where state law indicates that records may be released pursuant to a court order,... Read More >

"10 Times HIPAA May Not Apply" Article Written by Health Information & the Law Team Members

Even with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), it remains important to expose discrepancies between the ways in which HIPAA is invoked in contrast to its purpose. In some cases where HIPAA is misapplied, patients’ access to information is stifled and may result in undue harm. "10 Times HIPAA May Not Apply" explores... Read More >

New Products on Health Information Ownership, Including Updated 50 State Map

Legal ownership of health information is a complex issue, distinct from rights to access or copy information.  New forms of medical records, such as EHRs and PHRs, and new tools that collect health information, such as personal health trackers and medical monitoring devices, further complicate the landscape. We have drafted a Fast Facts and a Myth Buster to help clarify the issue of health... Read More >

Bruce Siegel named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Health Information & the Law standing committee member Bruce Siegel, MD, MSPH, the President and CEO for America's Essential Hospitals in Washington, DC was just named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. This is his fifth year on the list, and he shares that space with individuals including President Obama, US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and... Read More >