Deadly Privacy

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WaPo says that confusion over the requirements of the federal medical privacy law HIPAA has made hospitals highly risk-averse, leading to cases in which the inability to obtain medical information has put patients at risk. Cato devoted an issue of the Cato Journal to HIPAA last year.

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  1. HIPAA and the HEDIS/QARR/CMS/NCQA reporting requirements are mostly government job programs for MSWs and statisticians. They do not appreciably increase health care, yet the doing increase insurance premium and hospitalization costs throughout the country.

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