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Unions: Commission Went Behind Marathon Victims’ Backs

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 15, 2013

Unions for Boston’s first responders have accused the Boston Public Health Commission “of going behind the backs of bombing victims to collect private medical information about those who sought ‘primary care and other outpatient’ help days and weeks after the bombings,” Boston Herald reports. The commission sent letters to 38 medical providers seeking such data, outraging the city’s first responders, the report states. Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Barbara Ferrer has said the commission is exempt from HIPAA in this case as “it is the only way to offer victims city services.”
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