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The HIPAA, or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was passed in 1996. This bulletin asks a series of questions intended to assist health care providers and health insurers in evaluating whether a use or disclosure for public health purposes is permitted by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
The state of North Carolina is considering a change in its AIDS policy. A coalition led by Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner is intent on banning anonymous AIDS testing. The group wants to create a master list of individuals with the HIV virus to be shared among health care professionals. Opponents of the measure say that it would discourage individuals from seeking treatment and violate their right to privacy. Experts say anonymous testing is likely to end unless the community convinces legislators otherwise at the public hearings.
Over the years, the United States Supreme Court, the appellate courts of North Carolina, and the North Carolina legislature have developed certain rules for conducting arson investigations. All of these rules involve balancing law enforcement’s interest in investigating apparent crimes with the property owner’s expectation of privacy. This article is a brief summary of those rules.