New laws clamp down access to medical records

Narvid, Leila
June 2009
Healthcare Risk Management;Jun2009, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p67
Recent legislation at both the federal and state level is raising the bar for protecting the confidentiality of patient medical data. Federal laws have been strengthened, and California is leading the way with new state obligations. Covered entities and business associates are now required by federal law to notify individuals of a data security breach. California requires that any patient whose medical information has been discussed improperly must be notified within five days. Federal law authorizes state attorneys general to pursue injunctive relief or damages on behalf of state residents who have been affected by a privacy violation.


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