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A 1996 law known as HIPAA has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital, to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home, and to threaten VA whistleblowers.
Top patient-safety experts call on Congress to step in and, among other steps, give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wider responsibility for measuring medical mistakes.
For years, patients have had few ways to compare doctors beyond their reputations. With a huge Medicare data release this week, that may soon change.
A reporter returns to his hometown and confronts the new reality of legalized marijuana.