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Kirk Nahra Discusses Privacy Implications of 21st Century Cures Act

July 21, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was interviewed by HealthcareInfoSecurity for a July 20 podcast about the privacy implications of the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation, approved by the U.S. House last week, aims to speed the development of promising medical treatments.

The bill also has privacy provisions, including changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule that would allow covered entities to use or disclose protected health information for research purposes, without patient authorization.

“The concern [addressed in the bill] is that that the HIPAA Privacy Rule is somehow impeding the ability to do health care research,” Mr. Nahra said. “First of all, that’s a questionable statement. People have a variety of perspectives on whether the rule is helpful, harmful, or neutral.”

To listen to the podcast, click here.