Since the 1990s, more state laws have been passed to permit the concurrent review of medical records. In some cases, these laws were modified to allow the concurrent review by an individual physician but with the supervision of and on behalf of a medical review board which could then determine whether concurrent review by an independent board is warranted. State Health Office's Health Information and Privacy Act. NYCLU Hydroxyurea and any other health policy of the state. In any case where concurrent review exists, the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care shall conduct a concurrent review.
Consistent with section 4-3 of the NYCLU Act and any other law regulating medical records, the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care shall conduct a concurrent review. In any case where concurrent review exists, the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care shall conduct a concurrent review. The Director may conduct a concurrent review. It can be a very expensive procedure. As for patient confidentiality, a recent article in the New York Times described the difficulties involved in obtaining patient medical records. There is no provision that protects patients' privacy.
It also states that there is no requirement that the medical records be retained or destroyed upon the termination of treatment. As a medical reporter, I cannot tell you whether this means that the information is deleted after the patient is no longer under treatment but is retained in case something changes. The only information that is kept is the name of each patient. What if a patient becomes seriously ill? As I said, the current patient privacy provisions are in the Health Care Financing Administration's HIPAA regulations. But there are several problems with the current regulations that I will describe in this article as they relate to patient privacy.
As we see above, there are no requirements that records are retained in the case of serious illness or death. The most glaring problem, however, is the lack of protection under the new privacy law for information that might reveal a diagnosis or treatment plan. This is a critical issue in any health care system. As a journalist, I must have signed this agreement.
There is a caveat to the provision. It does not apply to any data that reveals a diagnosis or treatment plan. I then learn that the condition is a risk for heart attack or cancer, I may not be allowed to disclose the fact that the patient has a condition with this risk. This is a real problem: how is information about a condition not disclosed because it is in the interests of disclosure, while a disease with a potential risk of dying does not? This is why the new law is so weak. I'm not sure that any of this is new.