HIPAA turns 20: It opened the door to better doctor-patient communication

(By Janice D. Walker, Catherine L. Annas, and Tom DelBanco for STAT)

Twenty years ago Sunday, President Bill Clinton signed legislation that profoundly changed health care in the United States: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Much of the law focused on protecting insurance coverage for people who change jobs, simplifying standards for health care data, and establishing rules that protect the privacy of Americans’ health care information. But HIPAA also paved the way for better, more open communication between doctors and their patients. Continue reading article here……

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