Stories by Alison Bass

Suit seeks tougher medical privacy rules

FRAMINGHAM (03/18/2004) - A federal court judge in Philadelphia is considering arguments in a lawsuit that contends that the new HIPAA privacy regulations are a "broad and serious" breach of Americans' right to medical privacy. The suit, which takes on the federal Department of Health and Human Services, criticizes the new rules for not requiring health-care providers to obtain patients' consent before sharing their medical information with third parties for research, marketing, billing, law enforcement and a host of other "routine purposes." The judge heard arguments in December.