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CDT: Feds Boost Privacy Protections for Medical Records

CDT: “The privacy protections guarding the care and handling of your medical records just got stronger… a lot stronger. The new rules bolster prohibitions against use of a patient’s medical records without consent for marketing communications; extend federal privacy and security protections to contractors (and subcontractors) of doctors, hospitals and insurers; improved your right to be notified when your medical records are lost, stolen or otherwise compromised; and clarifies your right to receive a copy of your medical records when you ask for it. The new protections stem from the long-awaited final regulations to implement most of the improvements to federal health privacy protections enacted by Congress in the HITECH provisions of the 2009 economic stimulus legislation.”

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