Seen at the Texas Insider:
Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed Senate Bill 622 to strengthen the protection of Texans’ personal health information.
Key provisions of SB 622 would:
- prohibit the sale of protected health information;
- increase criminal penalties for theft of medical records, breach of computer security, and health care fraud, including Medicaid fraud, that involves stolen health information;
- increase the civil penalties the Texas Attorney General may asses for violations of the Texas Medical Privacy Act;
- require health care providers to provide a person’s health record in an electronic format within five days of the request; and
- require the Texas Attorney General to maintain a website providing information about consumer privacy rights and complaint procedures.
Read more on Texas Insider.