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Report Considers Integration’s Privacy Implications

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 8, 2011

With the line between healthcare providers and payers becoming increasingly blurred, an iHealthBeat report questions whether privacy issues will stand in the way of both joining forces "for a coordinated, high-quality, efficient healthcare system." Acknowledging that healthcare providers and payers "use and disclose protected health information (PHI) differently, and the potential benefits to having access to such PHI are drastically different between the two," the authors examine the HIPAA Privacy Rule and conclude it "does a fairly good job of addressing the payer-provider integrated delivery and financing system," predicting that privacy will not become "a significant impediment to their success."
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