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Robert L. Baum, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor, 2-year term), 2004

Appointed by Governor: Michael J. (Ben) Steffen. Term expires 2001.

Terezie S. Bohrer, R.N. Term expires 2002.

Harry A. Brandt, M.D.; Jemima A. Kankam, M.D.; W. Sherod Williams, Ph.D. Terms expire 2004.

Toni A. Eason; Eric W. Ratliff, Sr.; Stephen P. Riggin, Jr. Terms expire 2005.

Martha Ann Knutson, Esq.; Thomas V. Monahan, Jr., Esq. Terms expire 2006.

Jeffrey F. Cramer, D.D.S.; Cecelia L. DiGiacomo; Eugene Jones, Jr.; Gina McKnight-Smith, Pharm.D. Terms expire 2007.

Robin M. Jacobs; Richard B. Weldon, Jr. Terms expire 2008.

Eleven vacancies.

Ex officio: Pamela T. Owens, designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene

Staff: Brendan Clifford

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Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2399
(410) 767-3550; (410) 767-6860 (public information)
1-877-463-3464 (toll free, Maryland)
fax: (410) 333-5941; tdd: 1-800-735-2258 (toll free)

Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 15 (Chapter 270, Acts of 2000; Code Health-General Article, sec. 4-3A-05).

In July 2000, the State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality was authorized (Chapter 270, Acts of 2000). The Council advises the General Assembly on emerging issues in the area of confidentiality of medical records. In doing so, the Council monitors federal law and regulations concerning this area, and health care information technology, telemedicine, and provider and patient communication. It also is authorized to hold hearings.

Medical databases and the electronic transmission of data as they relate to patient confidentiality are studied by the Council, along with provider "best practices" for supporting patient confidentiality. In addition, the Council facilitates dissemination of information on, and compliance with, federal standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information.

The Council is to study the issue of patient or person-in-interest notification subsequent to certain changes in custody of medical records. Such changes would include the transfer of records following transfer of ownership of a health care practice; the death, retirement, or change in employment of a health care practitioner; or the sale, dissolution or bankruptcy of a corporation which has ownership interests or possession of medical records (Code Health-General Article, secs. 4-3A-01 through 4-3A-05).

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