Two HIPAA Decisions

I had been getting some searches on the site for HIPAA Lawsuits or HIPAA cases and it started me thinking about what might be out there. Sure enough I found some interesting info in another HIPAA Blog.

Here’s the 2 points I took from these 2 HIPAA cases:
there’s no private cause of action against a covered entity for a HIPAA violation
This is good for those organizations to know that they can’t be sued for one person’s carelessness(or direct violation). At least that’s my understanding from what was written. It did say that Rite Aid could have a breach of privacy and negligence claim brought against them. I think this is what we are really mostly wondering about. I guess we’ll have to see how the courts work it out.

The second point was a parent trying to get a child’s counseling records. Essentially they weren’t able to do that. It looked like there good be a few state loopholes so that might be something of concern, but overall it seems like the court upheld the privacy of the patient from the parent. While I think it’s appropriate it is sad to think that so many parents would need to go to these extremes to get information on the child(pardon the social commentary).

I must admit that reading this information makes me glad I’m not a lawyer and confirms my current opinion that HIPAA is a necessary evil.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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2 Comments

  • Is it a Hipaa Violation, if I was a patient at the hospital i work at and my nurse who is also a co worker told other coworkeres in the hospital who were NOT involved in my care, how and what was wrong with me along with how i was as a patient and she also so falsely charted in her patient notes about my hourly activites.I got a printed medical history of my time at the hospital, and so i found out all of this, and also about what she said to other co workers. Would this be a violation? I intend on talking to my lawyer next week.

  • Bella,
    Good idea to consult your lawyer. If that doesn’t work well or if it’s too expensive, you might also contact the hospital’s privacy officer. They are usually pretty good at these types of things.

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