Saturday, October 24, 2015

Texas Orders Health Clinics to Turn Over Patient Data

By TAMAR LEWIN, NYT, OCT. 23, 2015

The fight over Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood moved to Texas this week.

Three days after Gov. Greg Abbott announced his decision to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, state health department investigators showed up on Thursday at Planned Parenthood health centers in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Brownsville with orders to turn over thousands of pages of documents, including patients’ records and employees’ home addresses and telephone numbers.

Some, but not all, of the extensive records sought by the state related specifically to abortion.

For example, Planned Parenthood South Texas was told to produce five years of records — whether electronic, paper or ultrasound — concerning any patients billed to Medicaid who had an abortion in which any part of the fetus was removed or preserved for research use. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was to turn over a complete copy of certain patients’ records, including doctors’ orders, nursing notes and lab tests, as well as the center’s appointment books, patient sign-in sheets and contracts.

(More here.)

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