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Donn Herring Explains the Role of Health Privacy Laws in Bourbon Virus Disagreement

Spencer Fane attorney Donn Herring was recently interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio on how health privacy laws may affect a dispute between lawmakers and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS).

Due to a small outbreak of the Bourbon virus in Missouri, lawmakers have requested information about the patients involved. MDHSS, however, has refused to provide this data, claiming that it may unintentionally identify patients and violate health privacy laws.

“If there’s a small patient population and you know that X number of people in that population have been exposed to that virus, maybe those two things together is enough to give the Department of Health concern,” Donn explains in the article.

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