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Medical Privacy Rules Are Delayed

Nation IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

February 27, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

In a victory for the health care industry, the Bush administration will at least temporarily delay sweeping new regulations proposed by former President Bill Clinton aimed at protecting the privacy of patients, officials said.

One of Clinton's final directives before leaving office, the privacy rules were due to take effect Monday, with the goal of giving patients greater control over their medical records.

After a lobbying campaign by health insurers and other industry groups, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson agreed to push the effective date back to April 14 to give lawmakers more time to review the regulations.

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