Utah's Reid Wants Better Privacy Notices
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.June 21, 2012
A Utah state senator this week promised to sponsor legislation that would require health providers to inform patients of their intent to share data with government entities for payment-seeking purposes, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The promise follows a breach that affected 780,000 patients and resulted in the firing of Utah's technology services director, the suspension of two state employees and a request for one manager to resign. "If I sign a form allowing my doctor to 'ping' Medicaid, that's one thing," said Sen. Stuart Reid (R-South Ogden). "But for him to do it without informed consent, that's another thing."