[ Monday, May 07, 2012 ]
Prime Health Care (Shasta Regional Medical Center):
The California Department of Public Health has decided that the hospital violated HIPAA
when it responded to allegations made by a "consumer watchdog" agency about a particular patient. California Watch published information about a patient alleging that Prime overcharged Medicare; Shasta responded with some limited information about the patient, defending itself. This one will be fun to watch -- to a large extent, HIPAA ties the hands of covered entities and prevents them from defending themselves, but Shasta is fighting back. I don't know enough to know whether they technically violated HIPAA (they might have), but I'm glad to see an instance where the boundaries might be tested and set.
Jeff [11:39 AM]
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