Quite the spin the health insurance lobby’s got on this one:
Proposals within the economic stimulus bill to expand HIPAA privacy rule provisions would have unintended consequences that could impede progress in using health information technology, according to Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans in Washington.
The potential in the bill to require patient consent before use of any information would adversely affect disease management programs, result in incomplete medical records and impede emergency care, she added.
Requiring covered entities to account for all disclosures of personal health information would discourage use of electronic health records systems because all disclosures of electronic data would have to be documented, Ignagni contended.
Further, giving state attorneys general the authority to enforce the privacy rule “creates a 50-state approach to interpreting federal law,” she said.
AHIP: Your health care is not really about you.
Seriously. Don’t you want to have to give your consent before anyone shares your medical information? Don’t you want to know every single time your medical information changes hands for any reason whatsoever? I know I do.