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HHS Beefs Up Privacy Protection for Reproductive Health Info

Finalizes HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes Involving PHI Related to Reproductive Care Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • April 22, 2024

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Doctors, clinics and other providers are prohibited from disclosing protected health information related to lawful reproductive healthcare, according to a final rule released Monday by federal regulators to "strengthen" HIPAA privacy. The rule is designed to protect women who cross state lines seeking an abortion and their providers.

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The regulations aim "to bolster patient-provider confidentiality and help promote trust and open communication between individuals and their healthcare providers or health plans, which is essential for high-quality healthcare," the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Monday.

The Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in 2022 that overturned the nationwide right to abortion "altered the legal and healthcare landscape, increasing ...

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