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

New Products on Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

For over a decade, stakeholders and policy-makers have been working to digitize the nation’s health care system to, among other goals, enable the electronic exchange of health information between providers.  Recently these efforts have driven the creation of legal entities known as “Health Information Exchanges” (HIEs).  HIEs are regionally-based groups of providers... Read More >

New Products on the Qualified Entity Program

 A “Qualified Entity or QE” is an organization approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce performance reports on the quality and efficiency of health care providers and suppliers. The QE program was authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to encourage provider performance measurement and public reporting using Medicare... Read More >

New Products on Data Collection and Use in the New Health Insurance Marketplaces

With the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance marketplaces drawing to a close at the end of March 2014, potential applicants and others have expressed concern about the types and amount of information that marketplaces are collecting in order to enroll individuals and families in new Qualified Health Plans.  The vast majority of marketplace enrollments... Read More >

New Products on CLIA and its 2014 Amendments

The CLIA Amendments of 1988 set forth the uniform federal regulatory quality standards for clinical laboratory testing of humans, except for clinical trials and research. CLIA empowers HHS to set the rules for laboratory testing and to certify labs, which authorizes them to conduct tests on specimens derived from humans for the purpose of diagnosis, health assessments, or prevention or... Read More >

New Products on FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) generally requires education agencies and institutions to protect the privacy of student education records. Except in specified circumstances, education agencies and institutions must obtain the consent of a student or their parent/guardian before releasing education records. To learn more about the complete scope of FERPA, including when... 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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