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New rules announced on confidentiality of US patient records

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:408
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    The Bush administration has released its controversial rules governing federal protection for the medical privacy of patients in the United States.

    The new rules are more lenient than privacy regulations proposed under the Clinton administration,and some feel they do not go far enough in guaranteeing the protection of patients.

    The regulations seek to balance patient privacy protection against the routine sharing of medical information between healthcare providers and payers. They take effect on 14 April 2003. They will apply to health …

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