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Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services*

The guidance was first released online in MMWR, Volume 52, Early Release.

Click here to access the original MMWR publication (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/m2e411a1.htm )

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Contents

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Summary

 

Introduction

     Impact on Public Health

 

Overview of the Privacy Rule

     Who is Covered

     Types of Health Information

     What is Required

 

The Privacy Rule and Public Health

     Disclosures for Public Health Purposes

      Requirements for Covered Entities

 

The Privacy Rule and Public Health Research

     Research Versus Practice

 

The Privacy Rule and Other Laws

 

Online Resources

     Federal Government Resources

     State Government Resources

     Associations, Nonprofit Organizations, and Academic Resources

 

Acknowledgments

 

References

 

Appendix A

 

Appendix B

 

* Prepared by CDC staff, in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel, the Office for Civil Rights, other offices and agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., and health privacy specialists.

 

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