Are you a reporter who has come here by mistake, hoping to pull a quote, or learn a little something? If so, here is an excellent set of lists to help you navigate HIPAA and still do your job.
Just to let you know, I feel your pain. I used to be a reporter, and know how difficult it can be to get the info you need. There are ways to get around to what you need, and still protect the privacy of those you write about.
If you just remember that HIPAA is to protect the patient's privacy and not cover the Hospital's gown gap, you should be just fine.