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Mayo says no to ‘Gehrig bill’

Not much of a surprise here: after a weekend of thought, the Mayo Clinic has decided to oppose State Rep.

Not much of a surprise here: after a weekend of thought, the Mayo Clinic has decided to oppose State Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s bill to open medical records such as Lou Gehrig’s.

KSTP-TV’s Tom Hauser forwarded this statement from Mayo’s press office:

We did have a chance to review Rep. Kahn’s bill. Mayo Clinic values the privacy of our patients. Our view is that patient medical records should remain private even after the patient is deceased.

By all accounts, Gehrig died of ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease. However, researchers are exploring a concussion-related alternative and Mayo has refused to provide records or let those who have seen them be interviewed. The Minneapolis DFLer’s bill, introduced Monday with bipartisan support, would permit release without consent if the patient has been dead 50 years and no direct descendant or health directive stands in the way.

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Over the weekend, Mayo told me they had no opinion on the bill pending review.

You can check out Hauser’s story here.