Author Archives: Nancy

HIPAA vs. ‘Incidental Disclosure’

We all overhear confidential conversations we probably shouldn’t in various medical settings. Sometimes, it’s inadvertent: through thin examination-room walls, through flimsy curtains between hospital beds. Sometimes, it’s downright impossible *not* to hear details you shouldn’t. We’ve all seen those doctors who waltz into waiting rooms to divulge (very personal) information to a pateint’s family …and…

Ohio Court: HIPAA Doesn’t Protect All Medical Records

In March, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio’s open records law overruled the protections for medical records under HIPAA. This decision is “possibly the first regarding a clash between states’ open records laws and HIPAA.” The court case involved the Cincinnati Enquirer, which wanted the city to “hand over information regarding building owners who’d…

April 21: Deadline for Small Health Plans to Comply with HIPAA

The deadline is looming, according to Business & Legal Reports: The deadline for small [health] plans to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) security standards is drawing near. The security standards are a corollary to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which created national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and…