I like this one a lot:
"James Hudnut-Beumler, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and an ordained Presbyterian minister, brought an often-overlooked effect of HIPAA to light: how hard it is has become for clergy to see members of their congregations in the hospital or even get any information about them. Churches must now be very careful what they reveal about patients to their congregations, particularly in church bulletins, he said.
“It has turned us (clergy) into social engineers,” Hudnut-Beumler said. “It gets hard to do the work that you are supposed to do and that the family expects you to do.” He proposed a “good Samaritan provision” to apply to HIPAA that would protect medical personnel in the case of “well-intended disclosure,” an idea many attendees received favorably."
Of course, we all know that Vanderbilt Divinity School is not a covered entity, and I sincerely doubt that most Presbyterian congregations need to worry about the HIPAA cops inspecting their church bulletins.
Man, I wish I was at that conference, sounds like it was a blast.