Hawaii Aligns Patient Privacy Laws With HIPAA

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT) -- The state of Hawaii on Tuesday enacted new patient privacy protection laws mirroring federal regulations, which backers claim will ease compliance for health care providers that previously had to deal with a patchwork of state laws governing patient health records.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed House Bill 1957, aligning the state’s health laws with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The bill also complies with the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which broadened HIPAA's applicability and strengthened federal enforcement authority,...
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