Proposed VA Rule Change Allows Release of Patient Records to HIEs Without Written Consent

The VA has proposed changing a VA-specific patient privacy rule to allow the release of patient records to eligible community providers and HIEs without a hard copy of a patient’s written authorization.

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Obama Signs VA Overhaul Legislation, New Secretary Confirmed

President Obama signed legislation giving a $16.3 billion boost to the Veterans Affairs Department’s ability to respond to beneficiaries seeking healthcare services, on August 7.

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VA Nurse Whistleblower Fights Disciplinary Action for Using Patient Information

A Veterans Administration nurse who reported neglectful care at her facility to her lawyer says she was put on suspension and demoted for violating patient privacy protocols. Recent HITECH-HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule protections for healthcare whistleblowers, however, could strengthen the nurse’s defense.

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