As the amount and diversity of health-related data recorded under our current and evolving health care system increases, so do concerns about safeguarding the content of this medical data. To combat these growing concerns, recommendations have been made for legislation and regulation at both the state and federal levels to address protecting the privacy of medical records,
Participants in workers' compensation systems have a particular interest in this legislation and regulation. The collection and sharing of medical data is important for the efficient operation of workers' compensation systems, for the benefit of the injured worker and for meeting the information requirements of employers and insurers. The challenge is to balance strike an appropriate balance between the protection of an injured worker's confidential health data and the need for adequate information to efficiently administer a claim.
The papers in this book, first presented in March 2000 at the WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, look at proposed legislation and regulations regarding the privacy of medical records and weigh the potential impact that new laws could have on workers' compensation systems. The authors represent diverse viewpoints, each offering a unique perspective on the intersection of medical privacy and workers' compensation.
Medical Privacy Legislation: Implications for Workers' Compensation. Ramona P. Tanabe, Editor. October 2000. WC-00-04.
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