You go to the doctor and get tested for something private. A nurse in your doctor's office decides she does not like you, so she text messages your friends about the test you had. Your OBGYN sends your records to the wrong person, now a stranger has a copy of your medical chart, including your social security number that is on it. The pharmacy wrongly gives your medication to a family member who does not know you were taking the medication. Now, your privacy has been destroyed and you feel humiliated, angry, and violated. So what can you do?
What is HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a federal law that protects your medical records and information. HIPAA protects your information regarding what your doctors, nurses, and other health care providers put in your medical record. HIPAA protects conversations your doctor or health care provider has with nurses and other providers. HIPAA protects your billing information as well. HIPAA sets the standard for what is meant to be protected and how it is meant to be protected.
Who Has to Follow HIPAA?
HIPAA regulates "covered entities", which includes health care plans (HMOs, health insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) and most health care providers (doctors, nurses, clinics, hospitals, psychologists, dentists, chiropractors, nursing homes, pharmacies, etc.).
HIPAA violations are no laughing matter. If you believe that your medical information has been inappropriately, negligently, or wrongly shared by someone who had no right to share it, give us a call and let us see if we can help.