Catholic Health Association Statement on Medical Privacy Rule

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Catholic Health Association of the United States

    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Rev. Michael D. Place, STD, president
 and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United
 States (CHA) made the following statement regarding the announcement today by
 the Bush administration on the medical privacy rule:
 
     "The Catholic Health Association of the United State (CHA) has long been
 committed to the principle of patient confidentiality, and CHA members work
 vigorously within their own institutions to assure patient privacy. But we
 have been concerned that efforts by the Department of Health and Human
 Services (HHS) to develop a set of specific health privacy standards could
 erode patient trust in their health care providers. That is why CHA and its
 member hospitals and health systems are disappointed that HHS Secretary Tommy
 L. Thompson has stated that the privacy rule will be implemented without
 further delay. It is our hope that modifications will be considered in a very
 timely manner as guidelines are implemented.
     "We believe that, instead of improving the privacy of individually
 identifiable health information, the rules, as written, will interfere with
 provider-patient communications, overtax the administrative capacities of
 already strapped health care providers, and jeopardize important medical and
 health services research.
     "CHA and its members have joined with other provider groups in calling on
 HHS to restore a better balance between the objectives of high quality of care
 and privacy protections. We now look forward to working with Secretary
 Thompson to make sure the rule as implemented is as clear as possible."
 
     The St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA)
 is the national leadership organization representing the Catholic health
 ministry. CHA's more than 2,000 members form the nation's largest group of
 not-for-profit health care sponsors, systems, facilities, health plans, and
 related organizations. For more information, visit the CHA website at
 http://www.chausa.org .
 
 

SOURCE Catholic Health Association of the United States
    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Rev. Michael D. Place, STD, president
 and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United
 States (CHA) made the following statement regarding the announcement today by
 the Bush administration on the medical privacy rule:
 
     "The Catholic Health Association of the United State (CHA) has long been
 committed to the principle of patient confidentiality, and CHA members work
 vigorously within their own institutions to assure patient privacy. But we
 have been concerned that efforts by the Department of Health and Human
 Services (HHS) to develop a set of specific health privacy standards could
 erode patient trust in their health care providers. That is why CHA and its
 member hospitals and health systems are disappointed that HHS Secretary Tommy
 L. Thompson has stated that the privacy rule will be implemented without
 further delay. It is our hope that modifications will be considered in a very
 timely manner as guidelines are implemented.
     "We believe that, instead of improving the privacy of individually
 identifiable health information, the rules, as written, will interfere with
 provider-patient communications, overtax the administrative capacities of
 already strapped health care providers, and jeopardize important medical and
 health services research.
     "CHA and its members have joined with other provider groups in calling on
 HHS to restore a better balance between the objectives of high quality of care
 and privacy protections. We now look forward to working with Secretary
 Thompson to make sure the rule as implemented is as clear as possible."
 
     The St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA)
 is the national leadership organization representing the Catholic health
 ministry. CHA's more than 2,000 members form the nation's largest group of
 not-for-profit health care sponsors, systems, facilities, health plans, and
 related organizations. For more information, visit the CHA website at
 http://www.chausa.org .
 
 SOURCE  Catholic Health Association of the United States