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Capitol Health Call
October 9, 2002

HIPAA Deadline

JAMA. 2002;288(14):1709. doi:10.1001/jama.288.14.1709

Washington—In this issue of JAMA, the Medical News & Perspectives section begins publication of a page that will feature reports of happenings on Capitol Hill that are of interest to medical professionals. As Congress convened its fall 2002 session, the fate of several health care bills remained uncertain. The following is an update:

Some 2 million physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers have until October 15 to request an extension for coming into compliance with electronic patient data standards provided under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which became law in 1996.

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