HHS Data-Scrubbing Guidance Backs Strict Privacy Definitions

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 10:27 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently affirmed the validity of the current methods for scrubbing patient records of identifying data under existing medical privacy law, a move that forces health care companies to thoroughly strip records of even seemingly innocuous forms of personal information, attorneys say.

In order to comply with a 2009 congressional mandate, HHS' Office of Civil Rights on Monday published long-awaited guidance on how health insurers, clearinghouses and medical providers can satisfy the two methods for data de-identification contained within...
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