Snapshot: Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA)

Federal Law: Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA)

Theme: Population Statistics

Citation: 44 U.S.C. § 3501 Note Sec. 501, et al.

CIPSEA protects identifiable information collected by federal agencies for exclusively statistical purposes.

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Snapshot: Child and Adult Care Food Program

Federal Law: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Confidentiality Provisions

Theme: Social Service Programs

Citation: 42 U.S.C. § 1758(b)(6); 7 C.F.R. § 226.2; 7 C.F.R. § 226.23

CACFP confidentiality provisions protect eligibility information contained in applications for children’s free or reduced price meals.

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Fact Sheet: How to Perform a Hybrid Entity Assignment

Health departments may choose whether to be completely covered by HIPAA, or to only apply HIPAA where legally required to do so, which is known as becoming a hybrid entity. Understanding where the health department has covered entity components is key to informing this decision.

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Fact Sheet: How to Create a Hybrid Entity Policy

The following Hybrid Entity Policy Template documents the hybrid entity and its required components. Because this policy is a useful reference for a variety of HIPAA compliance activities, such as contracting, it is also recommended that the policy document non-covered services.

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HIPAA Expert Determination De-Identification Method

This document is intended to provide a quick reference for the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s Expert Determination de-identification method.

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Statistical or Scientific De-Identification Fact Sheet

“Statistical or scientific de-identification” is an important tool to assist public health in negotiating its dual and sometimes conflicting missions – maintaining the privacy of the information it collects and sharing the information broadly with the community in a legal and privacy protective manner. This fact sheet provides an overview of statistical and scientific de-identification methods of structured data, such as lab values and patient demographics, where the data are entered utilizing pre-defined fields from within the record. 

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Legal and Non-Legal Strategies to Improve Childhood Lead Screening Rates in Illinois and Ohio

Lead exposure remains the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in the United States. Despite the prevalence of lead in U.S. homes and infrastructure and the well-known harms associated with childhood lead exposure, lead screenings are not performed consistently. This issue brief examines existing legal screening requirements in Illinois and Ohio (including state laws and Medicaid requirements) and explores legal and non-legal strategies for improving lead screening rates in these states.

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Legal Considerations for Community Health Workers and their Employers

For decades, community health workers (CHWs) have improved access to health in underserved communities by helping to make health care, education and prevention efforts more accessible and culturally relevant to their communities. This issue brief explores legal issues relating to the regulation and employment of community health workers. It outlines the authority for states to regulate CHWs, describes types of state legislation and activity currently affecting CHWs, and provides considerations for employers utilizing the services of CHWs.

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Psychologists’ Authority to Diagnose ADHD to Determine Special Education Eligibility

Poor impulse control and an inability to concentrate are hallmarks of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Left undiagnosed and unaddressed, ADHD can lead to significant problems and poor outcomes for school-aged children. A requester contacted the Network to ask whether Minnesota law permits psychologists to diagnose ADHD for purposes of determining special education eligibility.

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Authority of States to Purchase Vaccines: A Review of Laws in Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota

While private practices account for the majority of vaccinations, public and other settings are a critical source of vaccines for individuals who experience financial, geographic, or other access barriers. States have adopted a wide range of strategies to support efficient and cost-effective vaccine purchase and delivery. A state department of health employee conducting an analysis of states’ ability to purchase vaccines to dispense to school districts and local health departments contacted the Network for assistance.

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