New Colorado law seeks to protect patient record privacy

Andis Robeznieks  reports:

Discussions over taxing cosmetic medical procedures such as Botox injections led to a new law in Colorado that limits the state Department of Revenue’s ability to audit personal medical information, and has set in motion a process to further strengthen medical privacy safeguards.

Rep. Dianne Primavera, a cancer survivor and Democratic chairwoman of the state House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, became concerned the issue would lead to Department of Revenue auditors combing through patients’ personal health records and making medical determinations based on their findings.

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