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Hospitals have new privacy rules

April 14, 2003

Albany- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act makes health care providers responsible for protecting patients privacy.

Hospitals will no longer be able to release a patients condition, location in the hospital, or even if the person is a patient without that patient's written consent.

"If someone comes in to us in an emergent situation and they're not able to provide us something in writting, then the law gives us permission to use our judgement in determining whether that should or should not be released," says Kerry Loudermilk, Phoebe Putney Senior Vice President.

New privacy rules were also set for doctors offices, pharmacies, and health insurance companies.

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