Lawmakers Question Whether HIPAA Hurts Mental Health Care

Law360, New York (April 26, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT) -- As part of Congress' focus on mental health following the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a House oversight panel on Friday mulled whether federal health privacy laws, and the misinterpretation thereof by doctors, may be preventing patients from getting adequate mental health care.

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee's oversight panel, said that confusion over certain provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPAA, may in some cases hinder patient care.

“Our goal with this hearing is...
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