20 Years Ago in Health Information Privacy/Security Alert: January 1999
Maine Freaks Out
Fear of litigation stymied
implementation of Maine’s comprehensive medical records confidentiality law that went into
effect on Jan. 1, 1999. The new law generated complaints from families who were
prevented from checking on the condition of their relatives. That prompted Gov.
Angus King (R) to sign emergency legislation to delay implementation of the
law. The Maine Hospital
Association said that despite educational efforts, hospitals relied on
conservative interpretations presented by their attorneys. The law-imposed
fines of up to $50,000.
experience affected Washington where the Senate was trying to craft a
comprehensive medical privacy law and HHS was pondering HIPAA privacy rules if Congress failed to enact legislation.Subscribe Today
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