Thursday, September 13, 2007

Run Around Sue

Nope. HIPAA is a power so great that it can only be used for good, or evil, but it won't do this:

An Ohio federal court has ruled that the confidentiality requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) do not excuse Ohio's Medicaid agency from disclosing patient information in a class action to enforce Medicaid's early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment (EPSDT) requirements

Like everything else that is little understood and big and scary seeming, HIPAA is just too tempting to hide behind, especially if you are a public servant hoping to avoid scrutiny. From the beginning the coursts have been able to penetrate this veil of privacy, but it hasn't stopped folks from trying.

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