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WC Insurers Keep Eye On Privacy Rules

Workers comp insurers need to circle April 14, 2003 on their planning calendars. Thats the date that most healthcare providers must comply with medical privacy regulations released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

After furious lobbying by insurers, HHS amended the preamble of the regulation to state that the rule is not intended to interfere with state workers comp systems. Insurers would have preferred that HHS exempt workers comp entirely, but it wasnt feasible because of the logistical difficulty in changing the regulation.

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