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HHS explains how to hide care from health plans

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  (AP photo/Charles Dharapak)
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (AP photo/Charles Dharapak)

When patients pay for medical care out of pocket, they should be able to keep doctors and hospitals from telling their health insurers about the care.

Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have included a discussion of that issue, handling of genetic information, and other matters in a new, 563-page set of final regulations, "Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act" (RIN: 0945-AA03).

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