In 1973 the U. S. Supreme Court generally protected a pregnant woman's liberty to have an abortion throughout the United States in Roe v. Wade. Twenty-five years later the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the first national standard protecting individual health privacy rights, was developed. No consideration was given to future state laws that might criminalize abortion and invade patient privacy. HIPAA permits but does not require disclosure of individual protected health information for certain law enforcement purposes. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, overturned Roe v. Wade and almost 50 years of reproductive health practice. Newly effective laws in some states are designed not to ban abortion and punish patients but also to punish providers and others assisting women to obtain an abortion. Confusion and concern grip health care providers and health plans. Patient privacy has been a bedrock of medical privacy from the time of Hippocrates to the AMA Code of Medical Ethics in our time. This webinar will explore legal, not political questions raised by Dobbs; questions that must be considered before answers can be found.
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