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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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AGENCY:

Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION:

Notice to alter a system of records.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Army is altering a system of records notice in its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended. The alteration adds a new category of records being maintained.

DATES:

This proposed action will be effective without further notice on May 14, 2001 unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

Records Management Division, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, ATTN: TAPC-PDD-RP, Stop 5603, 6000 6th Street, Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-5603.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Janice Thornton at (703) 806-4390 or DSN 656-4390 or Ms. Christie King at (703) 806-3711 or DSN 656-3711.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Department of the Army systems of records notices subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address above.

The proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on April 3, 2001, to the House Committee on Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A-130, ‘Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,’ dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

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Dated: April 6, 2001.

L.M. Bynum,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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System name:

Health Care and Medical Treatment Record System (September 27, 2000, 65 FR 58054).

Changes:

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Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Delete ‘Coast and Geodetic Survey’ and replace with ‘National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’.

Categories of records in the system:

Delete ‘Name, sponsor's Social Security Number’ from first paragraph, and ‘preventive medicine HIV patients files’ from second paragraph. Add ‘Psychological Assessment and Selection Case records’ to first paragraph.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

Delete entry and replace with ‘10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; 10 U.S.C. 1071-1085, Medical and Dental Care; 50 U.S.C. Supplement IV, Appendix 454, as amended, Persons liable for training and service; 42 U.S.C. Chapter 117, Sections 11131-11152, Reporting of Information; 10 U.S.C. 1097a and 1097b TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Program; 10 U.S.C. 1079, Contracts for Medical Care for Spouses and Children; 10 U.S.C. 1079a, CHAMPUS; 10 U.S.C. 1086, Contracts for Health Benefits for Certain Members, Former Members, and Their Dependents; E.O. 9397 (SSN); DoD Instruction 6015.23, Delivery of Healthcare at Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs); DoD Directive 6040.37, Confidentiality of Medical Quality Assurance (QA) Records; DoD 6010.8-R, Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS); Army Regulation 40-66, Medical Record Administration and Health Care Documentation.’

Purpose(s):

Delete entry and replace with ‘To provide health care and medical Start Printed Page 19152treatment of individuals; to establish tuberculosis/tumor/cancer/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) registries; for research studies; compilation of statistical data and management reports; to implement preventive medicine, dentistry, and communicable disease control programs; to adjudicate claims and determine benefits; to evaluate care rendered; determine professional certification and hospital accreditation; and determine medical and psychological suitability of persons for service or assignment.’

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Retention and disposal:

Delete entry and replace with ‘Military health/dental and procurement/separation x-ray records are permanent. Clinical (inpatient), outpatient, dental and consultation record files for military members are destroyed after 50-75 years.

All records (except the Military Health/Dental records) which are active while individual is on active duty, then retired with individual's Military Personnel Records Jacket and the procurement/separation x-ray records which are forwarded to the National Personnel Records Center on an accumulation basis) are retained in an active file while treatment is provided and subsequently held for a period of 1 to 5 years following treatment before being retired to the National Personnel Records Center. Subsidiary medical records, of a temporary nature, are normally not retained long beyond termination of treatment; however, supporting documents determined to have significant documentation value to patient care and treatment are incorporated into the appropriate permanent record file.

Until the National Archives and Records Administration approves the disposition of Psychological Assessment and Selection Case records, treat as permanent.

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System name:

Health Care and Medical Treatment Record System.

System location:

Army Medical Department facilities and activities. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of record systems notices.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Military members of the Armed Forces (both active and inactive); family members; civilian employees of the Department of Defense; members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency; cadets and midshipmen of the military academies; employees of the American National Red Cross; and other categories of individuals who receive medical treatment at Army Medical Department facilities/activities.

Categories of records in the system:

Medical records (of a permanent nature) used to document health; psychological and mental hygiene consultation and evaluation; medical/dental care and treatment for any health or medical condition provided an eligible individual on an inpatient and/or outpatient status to include but not limited to: health; clinical (inpatient); outpatient; dental; consultation; and procurement and separation x-ray record files; and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) blood sampling results to identify Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); and Psychological Assessment and Selection Case records.

Subsidiary medical records (of a temporary nature) are also maintained to support records relating to treatment/observation of individuals. Such records include but are not limited to: social work case files, inquiries/complaints about medical treatment or services rendered by the medical treatment facility, and patient treatment x-ray and index files.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; 10 U.S.C. 1071-1085, Medical and Dental Care; 50 U.S.C. Supplement IV, Appendix 454, as amended, Persons liable for training and service; 42 U.S.C. Chapter 117, Sections 11131-11152, Reporting of Information; 10 U.S.C. 1097a and 1097b TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Program; 10 U.S.C. 1079, Contracts for Medical Care for Spouses and Children; 10 U.S.C. 1079a, CHAMPUS; 10 U.S.C. 1086, Contracts for Health Benefits for Certain Members, Former Members, and Their Dependents; E.O. 9397 (SSN); DoD Instruction 6015.23, Delivery of Healthcare at Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs); DoD Directive 6040.37, Confidentiality of Medical Quality Assurance (QA) Records; DoD 6010.8-R, Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS); Army Regulation 40-66, Medical Record Administration and Health Care Documentation.

Purpose(s):

To provide health care and medical treatment of individuals; to establish tuberculosis/tumor/cancer/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) registries; for research studies; compilation of statistical data and management reports; to implement preventive medicine, dentistry, and communicable disease control programs; to adjudicate claims and determine benefits; to evaluate care rendered; determine professional certification and hospital accreditation; and determine medical and psychological suitability of persons for service or assignment.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

Information may be disclosed to the Department of Veterans Affairs to adjudicate veterans' claims and provide medical care to Army members.

National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and similar institutions for authorized health research in the interest of the Federal Government and the public. When not essential for longitudinal studies, patient identification data shall be eliminated from records used for research studies. Facilities/activities releasing such records shall maintain a list of all such research organizations and an accounting disclosure of records released thereto.

To local and state government and agencies for compliance with local laws and regulations governing control of communicable diseases, preventive medicine and safety, child abuse, and other public health and welfare programs.

Third party payers per 10 U.S.C. 1095 as amended by Pub. L. 99-272, and guidance provided to the DoD health services by DoD Instruction 6015.23, for the purpose of collecting reasonable inpatient/outpatient hospital care costs incurred on behalf of retirees or dependents.

To former DoD health care providers, who have been identified as being the subjects of potential reports to the National Practitioner Data Bank as a Start Printed Page 19153result of a payment having been made on their behalf by the U.S. Government in response to a malpractice claim or litigation, for purposes or providing the provider an opportunity, consistent with the requirements of DoD Instruction 6025.15 and Army Regulation 40-68, to provide any pertinent information and to comment on expert opinions, relating to the claim for which payment has been made.

The DoD ‘Blanket Routine Uses’ set forth at the beginning of the Army's compilation of systems of records notices also apply to this system.

Note:

Records of identity, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of any client/patient, irrespective of whether or when he/she ceases to be a client/patient, maintained in connection with the performance of any alcohol or drug abuse prevention and treatment function conducted, regulated, or directly or indirectly assisted by any department or agency of the United States, shall, except as provided therein, be confidential and be disclosed only for the purposes and under the circumstances expressly authorized in 42 U.S.C. 290dd-2. This statute takes precedence over the Privacy Act of 1974 in regard to accessibility of such records except to the individual to whom the record pertains. The DoD ‘Blanket Routine Uses’ do not apply to these types of records.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system:

Storage:

Paper records in file folders; visible card files; microfiche; cassettes; magnetic tapes/discs; computer printouts; x-ray film preservers.

Retrievability:

By patient or sponsor's surname or by sponsor's Social Security Number.

Safeguards:

Records are maintained in buildings which employ security guards and are accessed only by authorized personnel having an official need-to-know. Automated segments are protected by controlled system passwords governing access to data.

Retention and disposal:

Military health/dental and procurement/separation x-ray records are permanent. Clinical (inpatient), outpatient, dental and consultation record files for military members are destroyed after 50-75 years.

All records (except the Military Health/Dental records) which are active while individual is on active duty, then retired with individual's Military Personnel Records Jacket and the procurement/separation x-ray records which are forwarded to the National Personnel Records Center on an accumulation basis) are retained in an active file while treatment is provided and subsequently held for a period of 1 to 5 years following treatment before being retired to the National Personnel Records Center. Subsidiary medical records, of a temporary nature, are normally not retained long beyond termination of treatment; however, supporting documents determined to have significant documentation value to patient care and treatment are incorporated into the appropriate permanent record file.

Until the National Archives and Records Administration approves the disposition of Psychological Assessment and Selection Case records, treat as permanent.

System manager(s) and address:

Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, Suite 13, 2050 Worth Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6010.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the medical facility where treatment was provided. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of record systems notices.

Red Cross employees may write to the Medical Officer, American National Red Cross, 1730 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. For verification purposes, the individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number of sponsor, and current address and telephone number. Inquiry should include name of the hospital, year of treatment and any details which will assist in locating the records.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the medical facility where treatment was provided. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of record systems notices.

Red Cross employees may write to the Medical Officer, American National Red Cross, 1730 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. For verification purposes, the individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number of sponsor, and current address and telephone number. Inquiry should include name of the hospital, year of treatment and any details which will assist in locating the records.

Contesting record procedures:

The Army's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in Army Regulation 340-21; 32 CFR part 505; or may be obtained from the system manager.

Record source categories:

Subject individual, personal interviews and history statements from the individuals; abstracts or copies of pertinent medical records; examination records of intelligence, personality, achievement, and aptitude; reports from attending and previous physicians and other medical personnel regarding results of physical, dental, and mental examinations, treatment, evaluation, consultation, laboratory, x-ray and special studies and research conducted to provide health care and medical treatment; and similar or related documents.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

None.

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[FR Doc. 01-9137 Filed 4-12-01; 8:45 am]

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