HIPAA Regulatory Alert: Feds offer database for record disclosures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a Privacy Accountability Database to aid in tracking, reporting, and accounting the disclosures made from all CMS systems of records permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Information retrieved from the system will be used to support regulatory, reimbursement, and policy functions performed within the agency or by a contractor or consultant; support constituent requests made to a congressional representative; and support litigation involving the agency.

The announcement appeared in the Oct. 7, 2002, issue of the Federal Register, accessible at www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a021007c.html.