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Disclosure Bill Passes Committee Unanimously

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 15, 2012

The Salt Lake Tribune reports on a proposed bill that would require Utah hospitals and clinics to disclose their data-sharing practices on privacy notices. The bill—proposed by Sen. Stuart Reid (R-Ogden) following an April data breach affecting about 780,000 Utah patients’ personal information—has passed the state’s interim Health and Human Services Committee unanimously. The bill would require healthcare providers to notify patients that a provider “has, or may, share their ‘personally identifiable’ information with Medicaid.” It would require the Utah Department of Health to draft the required language and verify that providers comply with the measure.
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