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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 >

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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