The Department of Veterans Affairs has published an interim final rule to remove certain restrictions on sharing sensitive medical information with the Department of Defense.

The restrictions were enacted before other privacy laws were in place to protect against unauthorized disclosure of VA treatment records related to drug and alcohol abuse, HIV and sickle cell anemia, according to the department.

As VA and Defense work on more sharing of medical information, the departments have found the restrictions impede the coordination of care. The interim final rule is available here.

 

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