Blundering past HIPAA

Cory Franklin, a physician, has a commentary on HIPAA in the Chicago Tribune that begins this way:

Recently, at my local Starbucks I asked the barista behind the counter about a medical problem she had that will require surgery. Her answer left me astonished, “Management said I can’t talk about my health — it’s a HIPAA violation.”

This shows what a farce things have become with HIPAA, the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Forget for a moment about the kind of management that mandates such nonsense. From the outset, this law has been poorly understood and badly implemented.

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