The federal government's plans to build a national database of health care claims data covering tens of millions of individuals are on hold, at least temporarily, after privacy advocates protested the idea as well as the very short public comment period.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management on Oct. 5 published a notice in the Federal Register stating "this action will be effective without further notice on Nov. 15, 2010, unless comments are received that would result in a contrary determination" (see story). And contrary comment they got almost immediately (see story).

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