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Proposed Bill Prompts Cross-State Breach Questions

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 22, 2012

A HealthcareInfoSecurity blog post analyzes a recently proposed bill that would allow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to practice telemedicine across state lines. Marianne Kolbasuk McGee queries, “What happens if there’s a data breach and doctors and patients are in different states?” Would tougher state laws trump HIPAA? A spokesman for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) says it would be more likely that HIPAA rules would preempt state laws because the VA is a federal agency. Rangel, along with Rep. Glen Thompson (R-PA) and 11 other cosponsors, introduced the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2012 in July.
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