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New products from the HealthInfoLaw team and the most significant developments in health information law and policy.

New Products on Antitrust and Health Care

The recent push toward information transparency in the health care arena may be deemed as anti-competitive and in violation of federal antitrust laws.  The current health care environment encourages health information exchange, which in some cases includes the exchange of pricing information.  Pricing information may be exchanged for quality purposes as well as to design and implement... Read More >

RWJF Offers Recommendations in Response to Wyden-Grassley Letter Requesting Comment on Ways to Enhance the Availability and Utility of Health Care- Related Data

On June 12, 2014, Senators Wyden and Grassley issued a letter requesting comments on ways to enhance the availability and usability of health care data, while also maintaining and protecting patient privacy.  They key areas that stakeholders were requested to provide input on were: 1.  What data sources should be made more broadly available? 2.  How, in what form, and for what... Read More >

New Products on Integrated Care Models

An integrated care model is a dynamic approach to delivering health care services.  Key to the delivery of integrated care is a high degree of collaboration and communication among all the health care providers involved in the continuum of care for any given patient.  This model is designed to break-through the barriers that define the current fragmented and siloed nature of the health... Read More >

New Products on the Use and Disclosure of Mental Health Information

On the federal level, mental health information is governed as a form of protected health information (PHI), allowing for disclosure wihtout patient consent for treatment, payment and health care operations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.  One exception to this general rule of permitting the sharing of treatment information without... Read More >

New Products on the Common Rule

The Common Rule is a set of a federal regulations shared by fifteen Federal departments and agencies that govern all research involving human subjects conducted or supported by the relevant department or agency. With few exceptions, research institutions subject to the Common Rule must secure informed consent from each human subject, receive approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB), and... 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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