Medical News & Perspectives
December 9, 1998

Do-It-Yourself Report on Patient Privacy

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JAMA. 1998;280(22):1897. doi:10.1001/jama.280.22.1897-JMN1209-5-1

BELIEVING that immediate private initiative is better than waiting years for passage of public law, two accrediting organizations are moving forward with their own recommendations regarding privacy issues and patient records.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) issued a report in November entitled Protecting Personal Health Information: A Framework for Meeting the Challenges in a Managed Care Environment. The report offers a series of recommendations "to address the demands for personal, sensitive health information now being made by managed care organizations (MCOs), health care providers, employers, quality oversight organizations, regulators and researchers."

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