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Health Law Side Effect Could Harm Athletes

from Norwich Bulletin

The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996 to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients' health information. Unfortunately, it has also created a potentially deadly situation in sports medicine. It is imperative that coaches, athletic trainers and team physicians have complete medical information on every athlete. HIPAA has unintentionally created an obstacle to the free exchange of health records.  more

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