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NAS To Address HIPAA Laboratory Results Discrepancy


The National Academies of Science (NAS) announced plans to address a discrepancy that exists between HIPAA privacy rules and laboratory testing results. While HIPAA requires research subjects to have access to their data upon request, this data can only be shared if it comes from a research laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). Most research laboratories in academic medical centers aren’t CLIA certified. A NAS committee will make recommendations on how to return individual research results under the current regulatory framework. The project comes as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) works to recruit one million people for the Precision Medicine Initiative.


Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Meetings


Senate Finance Committee Nominations Hearing; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; June 7

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing “Overcoming PTSD: Assessing VA’s Efforts to Promote Wellness and Healing;” 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; June 7

House Ways and Means Committee Medicare Advantage Hearing on Promoting Integrated and Coordinated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries; 2:00 p.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; June 7

Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Administration’s HHS FY 2018 Budget Request; 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; June 8

House Veterans’ Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hearing “VA and Academic Affiliates: Who’s Benefiting Now?;” 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; June 8

House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request; 1:00 p.m., 1100 Longworth Bldg.; June 8

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing “Examining the Role of the Department of Health and Human Services in Health Care Cybersecurity;” 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; June 8

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing “Examining H.R. 772, The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017;” 9:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; June 9



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