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The Latest Challenge to Health Privacy: Health Care Consolidation

4 Pages Posted: 14 May 2014  

Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: May 13, 2014

Abstract

The American health care industry is undergoing a transformation in several respects, including the substantial integration and consolidation of health care providers. Three of the leading ways in which this is taking place are through mergers of hospitals and health systems, development of accountable care organizations (networks of providers that share responsibility for coordinating patient care), and hospitals purchasing physician practices. There has been considerable discussion about the effects of consolidation on health care cost and quality, but there has been virtually no discussion about the significant effects of consolidation on health privacy.

Keywords: health privacy, hospitals, electronic health records, EHR, health information exchange, HIE, HIPAA Privacy Rule, Physician practices, health care consolidation

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., The Latest Challenge to Health Privacy: Health Care Consolidation (May 13, 2014). Bioethics Forum, The Hastings Center, May 2014; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2014-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2436561

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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