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HHS needs to step up patient privacy protection: GAO
Modern Healthcare

HHS needs to strengthen its oversight of Medicare beneficiaries’ protected prescription drug data, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office.

In the 40-page report (PDF), the GAO acknowledged that HHS has taken some steps, such as issuing legislation and ramping up educational efforts, aimed at protecting the privacy and security of vulnerable patient data. But those actions have not gone far enough, the GAO argued.