In this case, she said, "hospital police say they have no record of any dealings with law enforcement pertaining to Mr. Pharr." Crayton added that she is not aware of any cases at UNC where HIPAA rules have gotten in the way of officials being notified of a criminal defendant's discharge.
So blame HIPAA for the bad guy getting loose didn't work this time, and I think as more folks become better informed we will see less of this. Too bad, it is such a convenient excuse!