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EPIC Issues Guidance to HHS for Mental Health Data


June 13, 2013

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has issued recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about what it should do regarding releasing mental health data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, HealthIT Security reports. The recommendations put more onus on states to protect mental health data, stating “HHS should not amend the HIPAA Privacy Rule until the Department of Justice revises its Gun Control Act regulations” to define the standards prohibiting individuals from “shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms.”
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